Three Eggs by Mike Snelle
June 12, 2011 – 11:00 am | No Comment

The three eggs were the palest of blues, almost white, and were freckled unevenly with tiny brown specks. They were the most beautiful things Thomas had ever held in his hands. He had seen plenty …

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Mountain, Sea and Storm by Christopher Robbins
June 12, 2011 – 11:10 am | No Comment
Mountain, Sea and Storm by Christopher Robbins

This article is from Slightly Foxed: The Real Reader’s Quarterly
Issue 30, Summer 2011, ‘A Personal Landscape’
View issue content here.
The most unorthodox branch of the American Legion, the United States’s organization of war veterans, is ‘China …

BOOKS – THE OMNIVORE BOOKS ROUNDUP
January 31, 2011 – 5:48 pm | 2 Comments
BOOKS – THE OMNIVORE BOOKS ROUNDUP

BLUFFER’S GUIDE TO NEW BOOKS

By The Omnivore
Most of us have suffered from book-buyer’s block, the paralysis that sets in when choosing what to read next. Is the Booker shortlist too mainstream? Is James Franco …

BOOKS – COMPARE THE MARKET: TRAVELS THROUGH VANITY BOOKSELLING
January 24, 2011 – 9:47 pm | No Comment

By Adam Smith

Last Christmas the autobiography of the price-comparing meerkat shot to the top of the bestseller list. While novelty books are nothing new, their popularity is easily attacked by critics of a …

BOOKS – A TOUCH OF MORTON’S
January 11, 2011 – 11:49 am | No Comment
BOOKS – A TOUCH OF MORTON’S

by Oliver Pritchett
Special thanks go to the Real Tennis Club of Cambridge. This fine body earned the gratitude of Claire Tomalin when she was writing her wonderful biography of Samuel Pepys and she mentions it …

BOOKS – SLIGHTLY FOXED
January 4, 2011 – 7:35 pm | No Comment
BOOKS – SLIGHTLY FOXED

by Tristan Summerscale

The Slightly Foxed website describes their quarterly review as ‘more like a bookish friend, really, than a literary periodical’. Their Winter 2010 edition, which landed on my doorstep a fortnight ago, …

BOOKS – PENGUIN WORLD CLASSICS RED ILLUSTRATOR INTERVIEWS PART 2
December 3, 2010 – 9:11 pm | No Comment
BOOKS – PENGUIN WORLD CLASSICS RED ILLUSTRATOR INTERVIEWS PART 2

Penguin have today unveiled a new series of World Classics in partnership with the international RED campaign to coincide with World AIDS Day. The day is designed to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic and …

BOOKS – PENGUIN WORLD CLASSICS RED ILLUSTRATOR INTERVIEWS
December 2, 2010 – 8:48 am | No Comment
BOOKS – PENGUIN WORLD CLASSICS RED ILLUSTRATOR INTERVIEWS

Penguin have today unveiled a new series of World Classics in partnership with the international RED campaign to coincide with World AIDS Day. The day is designed to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic and …

BOOKS – PENGUIN WORLD CLASSICS RED EDITIONS
December 1, 2010 – 8:26 am | No Comment
BOOKS – PENGUIN WORLD CLASSICS RED EDITIONS

Penguin have today unveiled a new series of World Classics in partnership with the international RED campaign to coincide with World AIDS Day. The day is designed to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic and …

BOOKS – FROM THE LOST TO THE BEAT TO NOW
November 19, 2010 – 1:41 pm | No Comment
BOOKS – FROM THE LOST TO THE BEAT TO NOW

The expatriate literary scene in Paris

What Allen Ginsberg called, ‘The bewildering beauty of Paris’ has attracted writers and artists for centuries. It has been the setting of great novels and the home of great …

BOOKS – THE DSC SOUTH ASIAN LITERATURE PRIZE
October 27, 2010 – 11:51 pm | No Comment
BOOKS – THE DSC SOUTH ASIAN LITERATURE PRIZE

This week brought the announcement of the shortlist of DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. We’re hoping to bring you reviews of all the shortlisted novels over the next few weeks. The winner of the …

BOOKS – THE GREAT PERHAPS BY JOE MENO
April 10, 2010 – 4:44 am | No Comment
BOOKS – THE GREAT PERHAPS BY JOE MENO

by Adam Smith
Joe Meno describes his fifth novel as “an argument on behalf of complexity”. It is a curious, albeit common, challenge for a writer to set himself: to write a book that is not …

INTERVIEW – MAUREEN DUFFY
December 21, 2009 – 3:23 pm | No Comment
INTERVIEW – MAUREEN DUFFY

by Hannah Gilkes
Maureen Duffy (b. 1933 in Worthing, Sussex) is a notable contemporary British poet, playwright and novelist. She has also published a literary biography of Aphra Behn, and The Erotic World of Faery a …

BOOKS – SPOKEN INK
December 18, 2009 – 9:46 am | One Comment
BOOKS – SPOKEN INK

by Maya de Paula Hanika
The rise in popularity of the short story in this country is welcome news I’m sure to the readers of Notes from the Underground. Previously a neglected, predominantly American medium reserved …

BOOKS – TALK OF THE TOWN, JACOB POLLEY
September 18, 2009 – 11:35 am | No Comment
BOOKS – TALK OF THE TOWN, JACOB POLLEY

by Adam Smith

It’s grim up north. And Jacob Polley knows it. He opens his debut novel opens with the sentence: “Town stinks.” Chris, the novel’s 14-year-old narrator, then elaborates on the odour’s composition, perfectly and …

BOOKS – DR RAGAB’S UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE, ROBERT TWIGGER
July 17, 2009 – 1:20 pm | No Comment
BOOKS – DR RAGAB’S UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE, ROBERT TWIGGER

by Madeleine Feeny
Explorer and non-fiction writer Robert Twigger’s debut novel is a sweeping yet intimate tale of travel, study, and the power of the human mind. Mental discipline is a subject Twigger certainly knows …

BOOKS – GOOD TO BE GOOD, TIBOR FISCHER
June 13, 2009 – 9:26 am | No Comment
BOOKS – GOOD TO BE GOOD, TIBOR FISCHER

by Lee Baker

Good to Be God is refreshing. A book that has got things to say about morality, and how we should live, without any hand-wringing, and with jokes!

BOOKS – A VIEW ON THE LONDON BOOK FAIR
June 3, 2009 – 7:10 pm | No Comment
BOOKS – A VIEW ON THE LONDON BOOK FAIR

by Nitasha Kaul

Approaching the London Book Fair in Earls Court some time ago, I saw an unpaid translator with a placard protesting outside a massive exhibition pavilion where tens of thousands of books were on …

BOOKS – NIGHTINGALE WOOD, BY STELLA GIBBONS
May 3, 2009 – 6:06 pm | No Comment
BOOKS – NIGHTINGALE WOOD, BY STELLA GIBBONS

by Sunita Soliar

Fans of Cold Comfort Farm will be pleased that Stella Gibbons’ 1938 Nightingale Wood is being reprinted. Those who are familiar with her work will know that Gibbons’ novels were the …

BOOKS – GOD’S OWN COUNTRY, BY ROSS RAISIN
January 3, 2009 – 5:26 pm | No Comment
BOOKS – GOD’S OWN COUNTRY, BY ROSS RAISIN

by Sunita Soliar

Ross Raisin’s debut novel is an assured and confident work, at once comic and disturbing. Against the backdrop of the conflict between country locals and the invading ‘towns’ Raisin tells the …