Tom Wolfe giveaway: And the winner is….

Well folks, my Tom Wolfe SIGNED novel giveaway, as supported by the good folks at, has come to an end and it's time to do that thing I hate doing around giveaways/competitions and announce a winner. It's not the announcing a winner … [Read more...]

Behind the Pen: Martha Gellhorn on what journalism gave her

In previous posts I've used my 'Behind the Pen' feature on RobAroundBooks solely for interviews. However, moving forward I want to share and discuss more about the beautiful minds who gift us their words. And so I'm expanding this feature to include … [Read more...]

READING… by candlelight

‘READING..’ is a new feature that I’m bringing to RobAroundBooks in which I explore the very act of reading, and the ways in which the experience can be enhanced and enriched. In the first of this series I’m looking at reading by candlelight, and the … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: The Dig by Cynan Jones

Although The Dig (Granta Books) from Welsh author Cynan Jones is newly published, I’m not unfamiliar with it, or at least part of it. You see, back in February 2013 I read a short story by Mr. Jones that was shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG … [Read more...]

Journeying through the Constellation of Genius

A book that I had a great fondness for last year but never got to spend a lot of time with, was Kevin Jackson’s Constellation of Genius (Hutchinson). Coming with the premise that 1922 was the ‘annus mirabilis’ of the modernist movement - mainly … [Read more...]

Book Booty: Win a SIGNED copy of Tom Wolfe’s BACK TO BLOOD

As RobAroundBooks returns to active service in this new year, I want to start as I mean to go on by giving you, my beautiful readers, the opportunity to bag one the most delicious prizes I’ve ever had the pleasure of offering. That prize is a signed … [Read more...]

Here’s to 2014, and to a year of unbridled literary evangelism

And so a new year begins, and with it comes new hopes and expectations, and a burning desire in all of us I’m sure, to make 2014 infinitely better than 2013 (except those of you of course who have just enjoyed the most fulfilling and successful year … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Wednesday 13th November 2013

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 … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Saturday 9th November 2013

Kerouac, Ginsberg and Mead on the meaning of 'Beat' - Over at Open Culture there's a hot serving of rare audio recordings in which Beat gods Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Margaret Mead get down to the nitty gritty of what the Beat Movement … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Friday 8th November 2013

Clare Vaye Watkins shorts out 2013 Dylan Thomas Prize - What a joy it is to see that American Clare Vaye Watkins has won the 2013 Dylan Thomas Prize for her collection, Battleborn (Granta Books). And coming right off the back of Alice Munro being … [Read more...]