Missy Elliot may have been the first woman to rap about flipping and reversing, but in her book, The Power, Naomi Alderman takes this to a whole new level, writing a story of gender role reversal for a new generation, that has won her The Baileys Women’s Prize For Fiction. This is such a thought-provoking,… Continue reading The Power
Too soon? Never! I’ve stumbled across so many spectacular reads this year, that I thought I’d do an end of summer review of my favourites. So if you’re looking for ideas for your next read, this one is for you. Historical Fiction GOLDEN HILL Set in 18th century New York, this is a novel that… Continue reading Recommended Reads
In a recent article for Women Writers, Women’s Books, I wrote about the ubiquitous ‘author profile’ and whether or not this has any bearing on your readership. I follow lots of authors on Twitter and while a lot of successful authors have a devil-may-care attitude to what they share, others are quite guarded and even… Continue reading To Share Or Not To Share?
I have a very exciting announcement to make…. Absolutely thrilled that the very talented @evgaughan will be publishing her novel The Story Collector with Urbane https://t.co/1Bl1RViby9 pic.twitter.com/CLDH831mqq — Matthew at Urbane (@urbanepub) June 20, 2017 Dear readers, I am so happy and excited to announce that I have just signed with Urbane Publications! As… Continue reading Book News
My previous post about reviews (The Good, The Bad and the Ugly) was all about garnering reviews without annoying people or driving yourself crazy. However, I think this subject deserves a sequel, because asking for something and getting it are two entirely different things. I recently received a 1 star review on Amazon which read… Continue reading Reviews – The Sequel
A woman in my online book-club opened her review post with a kind of caveat: she said that even though she knew she would probably get ‘slated’ for recommending a certain book, she had to admit that she did enjoy it. The fact that she felt she had to apologise for her taste in reading… Continue reading Book Snobs
In a recent Irish Times article, I read that library staff voted against co-operating with the new government initiative of ‘staffless’ libraries. Many authors have come out against the scheme and at first, I thought I agreed, but having considered the benefits, now I’m not so sure. The other day, I was in town and thought,… Continue reading The Future Of Libraries