Forethoughts: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology 6

Every year I look forward to the Bristol Short Story Prize anthology, and there’s a good reason for this - it never seems to disappoint. I realise that I’m perhaps being a little premature in saying such a thing, but I have real confidence in the … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Scenes from Village Life by Amos Oz

*Please note, I've now posted my afterthoughts for Scenes from Village Life. And so I take a first tentative step into this year's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize as a 'shadow judge', by reading one of the shortest books on the longlist, … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Vol. 4

There are certain titles that need little introduction on RobAroundBooks, and the Bristol Short Story Prize anthology is one of them. If you're a regular then you'll know that I rate this anthology very highly, and so with the arrival of BSSP Volume … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: All the Lights by Clemens Meyer

If you were at the Clemens Meyer and Stuart Evers event at EdBookFest this year, then you couldn't help but fall in love both with the short story form, and with the two authors who were in the spotlight (You can read my full report on the event … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Fists by Pietro Grossi

And so my reading journey through this year’s Independent Foreign Fiction Prize shortlist brings me to smallest of the offerings in the final six, Fists by Pietro Grossi (Pushkin Press). And if my expectations were soaring ahead of the last shortlist … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Brodeck’s Report by Philippe Claudel

Exciting times ahead then as I set off on my reading journey through this year’s Independent Foreign Fiction Prize shortlist. And my excitement couldn’t be higher as I begin with the novel that in my mind holds the most expectation - Brodeck’s Report … [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: 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...]