One Week until All the Good Things is let loose on the UK & some events…

Today was a good day. Not only was it ridiculously sunny, but finished copies of All the Good Things arrived. I carried them back from the post office with a big silly grin on my face which, even after I’d got home & hung out the washing, refused to go away. I guess that’s what … More One Week until All the Good Things is let loose on the UK & some events…

On Reading in 2016

This year was a strange year if ever there was one and I doubt I’d have made it through without reading. Sometimes – and we all know there have been a lot of crazy times – I read because I didn’t know what else to do or, simply, to escape. Yet the thing about good writing … More On Reading in 2016

Book Club interviews: Andrew McMillan’s Physical

Three months in and the Hyde Park Book Club Book Club is looking suitably, well, bookish. For those thinking the repetition of ‘book club’ is a typo, it’s not: it is a book club held in a venue called—confusingly—the Hyde Park Book Club. Our focus on contemporary northern writing has spanned short stories, novels and, as of September, … More Book Club interviews: Andrew McMillan’s Physical

Book Club Interviews: A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray

For July’s book at the Hyde Park Book Club book club, I chose A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray. Having wanted to read this book since it was published to great acclaim a few years back, then having the pleasure of hearing Carys speak at the Leeds Big Bookend festival in June, this seemed like a … More Book Club Interviews: A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray