Forethoughts: Things We Didn’t See Coming by Steven Amsterdam

Now here's a work of fiction that I know absolutely nothing about; and I know even less about its author, Steven Amsterdam. However, I have it on very good authority that Things We Didn't See Coming (Harvill Secker) is an unmissable debut, and I … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Today by David Miller

What you will to begin to see now on RobAroundBooks over next the few weeks is a targeting of specific books which are linked to this year's Edinburgh Book Festival, or to be more precise the events that I'm attending during the month of … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon Van Booy

As many of you will know already, lit reviewing is a never-ending cycle of read and review, read and review, read and review, and while there are no complaints about that from me (because at the end of the day it's both a thrilling job and a … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: The Birth Machine by Elizabeth Baines

I think is was earlier in the year, or possibly late last year, when Salt Publishing's Chris Hamilton-Emery was showing off his latest handiwork with a new batch of sexy covers coming out of The Cover Factory, for his own publishing house's upcoming … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Kapitoil by Teddy Wayne

I come to the next novel on my reading list - Kapitoil by Teddy Wayne (Duckworth Publishers (US - Harper Perennial)) - knowing very little about it, or its author. Given that this is a debut novel, that's probably not surprising, but if you know … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Pocket Notebook by Mike Thomas

It's not every day that one gets to pick up a novel penned by a serving police officer. But today is that day as I begin my journey through Pocket Notebook (William Heinemann), the debut novel from bona fide bobby, Mike Thomas. Before I do start … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: A Life Apart by Neel Mukherjee

*Note: My afterthoughts for this novel have now been posted* With the read through of my last novel done ‘n’ dusted I thought I’d keep the cultural ball rolling with a ‘kick around’ of A Life Apart by Neel Mukherjee. Recently published by … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: All That I Have by Castle Freeman

Note: My afterthoughts on All That I Have have now been posted. The reading fun never stops here at RobAround Manor as I move swiftly on to the next novel in my wobbly book pile, All That I Have by Castle Freeman, which is published by Duckworth … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Bequest by Anna Shevchenko

Thankfully the blogging blood is finally coursing through my body again, and it’s time to move on to my 2nd read of this new year, Bequest, the promising debut novel from Ukrainian-born author Anna Shevchenko, which is published by Headline this very … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Soothing Music for Stray Cats by Jayne Joso

And so Rob’s reading eyes turn to the next book on the never-decreasing book pile and this is one I’m really rather excited about. It’s a debut novel by Jayne Joso, Soothing Music For Stray Cats (Alcemi), and it came to me one day from a totally … [Read more...]