‘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...]

‘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...]

‘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...]

‘Book Bites’ for Thursday 7th November 2013

Leafing through the pages - Over at the Paris Review website, debut novelist Amy Grace Loyd tells us why she has a thing for squirrelling away tree leaves between the pages of books. You know, that's one of the reasons I love physical books as … [Read more...]

Essay ‘book bites’ for Monday 25th February 2013

"The resurrection of the essay is a mirage" - Adam Kirsch has penned a rather interesting piece over on the New Republic website on the perceived rising popularity of the personal essay. Focussing on those he terms the 'new essayists' i.e David … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Wednesday 13th February 2013

Ginsberg snaps to The Beat - If you're a fan of the Beat Generation and you live in New York, then you might want to get yourself along to the NYU's Grey Art Gallery where there is an exhibition of photographs snapped by none other than Beat icon, … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Tuesday 12th February 2013

"72% of Japanese consumers don't want to try ebooks" - If you're a champion of the physical book, and you're feeling glum because it feels like ebooks are taking over the world, then you need to get yourself along to the CNN Tech website where a … [Read more...]