Rob Reports: Niccolò Ammaniti @ EdBookFest 2013

Niccolò Ammaniti's event may have been subtitled 'the party's over', but it was really only just beginning when he took to the stage in the Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre on Sunday evening, in front of an impressively large gathering. The Italian … [Read more...]

Behind the Pen: Niccolò Ammaniti

Few contemporary writers get me in as much of a spin these days as the Italian, Niccolò Ammaniti. And so it was a real honour for this super fan to catch up with the man at this year's Edinburgh Book Festival, to ask him a few questions about his … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: Me and You by Niccolò Ammaniti

In a Nutshell: While this may be the shortest novel that Niccolò Ammaniti has published to date, it's no less powerful than any of his other works of fiction. Containing all of the signature themes that have made Ammaniti the stand out storyteller … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Me and You by Niccolò Ammaniti

*Please note, I've now posted my afterthoughts for Me and You. It's not every day that I'll leapfrog a new arrival to the top of my review pile (especially while I'm reading as a shadow judge for this year's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize), but … [Read more...]

EdBookFest 2011 Diary: Day #2 – Meeting Tobias

Day #2 of EdBookFest, and my first full day in Charlotte Square. and oh boy, what a day. If you ever needed any convincing that Edinburgh is place to be in August if you're a book fan, then hopefully this diary entry will convince you. Zoë and … [Read more...]

Canongate unveil ‘groundbreaking’ iPad-only publication

If like me you’ve embraced the digital age and tooled yourself up with an iPad, then you may be more than a little excited to hear that Canongate Books have, with the aid of software developers Popleaf, dipped a first toe into the iPad app publishing … [Read more...]

Flash Clash Challenge: Day #34

And so dear reader I bring you to Day #34 of my Flash Clash reading challenge, and the final day of my flash fiction journey. True I've still got to total up all of the ratings and declare an overall 'winner' of the challenge i.e. the one author out … [Read more...]

Flash Clash Challenge: Day #33

All the 3s, 33! That's right people it's Day #33 of my Flash Clash reading challenge, and I'm ticking off the remaining few stories in the last collection that I'm reading for this reading challenge. After today I only have two stories left to read, … [Read more...]

Flash Clash Challenge: Day #32

Welcome to Day #32 of my Flash Clash reading challenge, and if you were reading yesterday's update then you will know that I'm down to finishing off my final flash fiction collection - Dan Rhodes' Anthropology, before announcing the overall 'winner'. … [Read more...]

Flash Clash Challenge: Day #31

It couldn't be Day #31 of my Flash Clash reading challenge already could it? Indeed it is good people, and today I come with news of yet another major milestone marker reached in this particular challenge. And that major milestone marker is, I've now … [Read more...]