‘Book Bites’ for Thursday 18th May 2017

Essay Prize 2017 shortlist revealed - Non-fiction essay publisher Notting Hill Editions have just revealed the 2017 shortlist for their biennial Essay Prize; a prize awarded to the best unpublished essay of between 2,000 and 8,000 words on any … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Wednesday 17th May 2017

In Mexico City with Lucia Duero - One of my favourite translated literature websites is Words Without Borders, and one of my favourite features is their 'The City and the Writer' series, in which they interview writers about the city which they … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Tuesday 16th May 2017

In The Footsteps of Marcel Proust - It's somewhat befitting that director William Friedkin in this piece for the New York Times mentions devouring everything he can find on Marcel Proust, because ever since I took Monsieur P. into my heart, I've had … [Read more...]

Into the world of Wodehouse…

What with elements of social media becoming more and more a den of despair of late, and my regular reading turning somewhat morbid (Alphonse Daudet’s In The Land of Pain and Katie Roiphe’s The Violet Hour to name but two - both extraordinary titles, … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Wednesday 4th March 2015

'Which Books Do You Read Over and Over Again?' - I'm a huge advocate for rereading (especially short stories), and so it's nice to stumble across a discussion on the New York Times website that covers this very topic. During the course of the article … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award shortlist revealed - Alas, I've not had the time or the focus to be able to get behind one of my favourite short story awards this year, but that doesn't stop me giving you the heads up on the freshly announced … [Read more...]

Constellation of Genius: March-ing on

You may remember I announced last month that I was picking up the reigns once more on my journey through Kevin Jackson’s Constellation of Genius (Hutchinson), taking in that which I had set up in March 2014 before personal circumstances forced me to … [Read more...]

Constellation of Genius: The Journey continues…

On this, the anniversary of James Joyce’s birthday (and indeed the publication of his most famous novel, Ulysses), it is perhaps most timely that I announce the recommencement of my ‘Journeying through the Constellation of Genius’ project, which you … [Read more...]

Behind the Pen: John Steinbeck on the life and death sequence of book writing

I have always considered that while some writers must be glad to see the back of a book they're working on, most must feel quite sad and melancholic about coming to the end, and letting go of something they have devoted much time and effort to. They … [Read more...]

Site News: Returning from silence, an apology

Dear all, Before I get back into a full-on posting schedule on RobAroundBooks, I feel I should say a little something about the past few months. I don’t usually go in for these ’navel gazing’ kind of posts - mainly because I consider them … [Read more...]