Writer’s Truths: Being Part of the Community

Writing exists to be read. As writers, we accept that fundamental fact, yet the realist of sharing our work with friends/tutors/agents/publisher can be physically paralysing. It is the uncompromising reason why so many manuscripts sit idly in drawers, wasting away their potential, and eventually becoming something shameful. Being a writer means learning to become comfortable … More Writer’s Truths: Being Part of the Community

Book Sins – The Classics We Just Couldn’t Swallow

Let’s face it, from time to time we’re all guilty of a little bookish name-dropping; it shoots our street-cred from zero to hero and makes us feel just a little bit smarter than the average. So whether it’s Chaucer, Milton or Dostoevski, the sheer amount of time and effort put into reading these monster works … More Book Sins – The Classics We Just Couldn’t Swallow

Paper or Pixels: The Great Debate

For someone who loves reading as much as I do, the inevitable question always is: do you prefer print books or e-books? A recent study, published in The Los Angeles Times, found that 92% of college students overwhelmingly favoured pages to screens when asked about their reading preferences. University linguistics professor Naomi S. Baron, author of … More Paper or Pixels: The Great Debate

Watership Down – The Iliad Told from the Point-of-View of Rabbits

Author: Richard Adams Genre: Fantasy (Talking Animals) Publisher: Penguin Books UK, 1975 No. of Pages: 478. Like many books in my – ahem – modest collection, this was a charity shop bargain: hands down the best 40p I have ever spent in my life. I read it for the first time last summer, then, being … More Watership Down – The Iliad Told from the Point-of-View of Rabbits

“Always better to ask forgiveness than permission”

When I talk about The Inheritance Cycle to people, I mostly receive a blank look in return. Or, if the conversation is particularly affable, an accommodating nod, like this might be something they heard of once, long ago in the ether. When I say Eragon, the usual response is: ‘oh, yeah, I’ve seen the film,’ … More “Always better to ask forgiveness than permission”