Short fiction fans set for a long visit at ShortStops – How exciting to see short story writer and editor of The Short Review, Tania Hershman breaking cover with a new short fiction-related portal which focuses on bringing attention to all of the short fiction activity happening in the UK and Ireland right now. Keeping abreast of live events and adding to a running list of short story specialists active in the UK right now, ShortStops will also feature interviews and updates from literary magazine editors and event organisers. An essential resource for all short fiction fans I’d say, and if you want to hook up with ShortStop elsewhere, then you can also find them on Twitter and Facebook.
The 100 best novels…..1898 edition – Over at the Times Literary Supplement blog there’s an intriguing post detailing a ‘top 100 novels’ list from more than 100 years ago, as created by authority figure in literature at the time, Clement K. Shorter. Published in the monthly journal, The Bookman, the sometimes editor of the Illustrated London News limits himself to one title per novelist who must be non-living to qualify. Aside from a few notable classics, a lot of Shorter’s suggestions are obscure of course and unlikely to pique much interest, but it’s nice to get a glimpse of a literary landscape that’s long been ploughed over.
Yes, my lord? – Downton Abbey may have finished it’s current series run on Sunday, but hopefully Lucy Lethbridge’s ‘Top 10 books about servants’ post over at the Guardian Books website will keep everybody’s interest piqued on everyday life downstairs.