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Writers on Location – Claire Fuller on the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset

Today’s guest Claire Fuller has visited me before on the Literary Sofa and it’s lovely to have her back.  When I read her debut novel Our Endless Numbered Days before publication, little did any of us know that it would go to take the 2015 Desmond Elliott Prize for a first novel – and yet … Continue reading

Guest Author – Essie Fox on Capturing the Passage of Time

It’s been a slow start to the year on the blog because I’ve been incredibly busy with work – but it’s always a treat to return to ‘Sofa business’, especially today, when I am joined by my first guest of 2017.  I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Essie Fox a couple of times and attended the … Continue reading

Guest Author – Wytske Versteeg on Writing about Motherhood

Today’s guest and her novel represent things I believe in and want to support on the Literary Sofa.  Wytske Versteeg is a Dutch author, whose third novel The Boy has recently been translated into English by Sarah Welling and released in the UK by small independent HopeRoad Publishing.  The Boy made it into my new quarterly Sofa … Continue reading

Writers on Location – Fiona Melrose on Suffolk

Thanks to everyone for the enthusiastic response to my first quarterly Sofa Spotlight last week.  It’s always gratifying to hear my selections described as ‘intriguing’ and ‘unpredictable’  – that’s the aim – and that readers have discovered books they’d never heard of.  As mentioned, I’ll be hosting at least four of my Spotlight authors on … Continue reading

Writers on Location – James Terry on the ghost town of Shakespeare, New Mexico

If you’re a keen reader of fiction it’s inevitable to find that certain themes crop up again and again and we all have our favourites.  I can’t get enough of dysfunctional families, relationships on the rocks and New York novels (though I try not to read similar titles back to back); there are some themes and trends I … Continue reading

Guest Author – Jane Lythell on Creating a character who feels like a real person

As some of you will know, especially if you’ve read the pieces I’ve written since my novel Paris Mon Amour came out this summer, I have a passionate interest in the portrayal of female protagonists in contemporary fiction and strong views to match. Although there are all kinds of ways to approach characterisation, every successful … Continue reading

Guest Author – Anna Mazzola on Writing Prisons

Today’s post by Anna Mazzola, author of The Unseeing, concludes the coverage of titles on my Summer Reads 2016 selection. My picks have been going down well – it’s great to hear that many of you are enjoying them as much as I did. Some of these books are rightly getting a lot of attention, … Continue reading

Writers on Location – Catherine Dunne on Extremadura, Spain

With scorching weather and the start of the school holidays here in the UK, this is the time many of us relish losing ourselves in a good book, whether we’re staying put or getting away. The term Summer Reads means different things to different people and although I use it for one of my two … Continue reading

Guest Author – Kit de Waal on Judgement

  The Literary Sofa is a place to share love of stories and ideas and appreciation for the people who write them.  Every author who has joined me as a guest has contributed a piece as impressive as their book, giving eloquent and fascinating insights into their themes, settings and creative process, and never more so than today’s … Continue reading

Guest Author – Avril Joy on setting her novel in a place she’s never been

Following last week’s Writers on Location about Chicago from Douglas Cowie, coverage of my Summer Reads 2016 selection continues today. I’m already receiving great feedback on books people have discovered there.  As my latest guest Avril Joy explains, the conversation proceeded in a somewhat unexpected manner when I asked her to contribute a Writers on Location … Continue reading