Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2013 longlist announced

The Edge Hill Short Story Prize longlist for 2013 has been announced, revealing a record entry for the UK's only prize for single-author collections of short stories published in the UK. Now running in its seventh year, the 2013 Edge Hill Short … [Read more...]

Laurent Binet Giveaway: And the winners are…..

With Laurent Binet appearing at the Edinburgh International Book Festival today, it's time to reveal the winners of my giveaway competition, in which two lucky readers will each win a personally signed copy of Binet's extraordinary debut novel, … [Read more...]

EdBookFest Giveaway: Win one of two PERSONALLY SIGNED copies of Laurent Binet’s HHhH

To mark Laurent Binet's appearance at this year's EdBookFest, the kind souls at Harvil Secker have given me two copies of the French author's extraordinary debut novel HHhH to give away. I had hoped to post my own review of the novel prior to … [Read more...]

Which events are making Rob wag his tail for EdBookFest 2012, already?

With news of this year's event programme still fresh, and my heart still pounding like a Spaniard's drum at a Euro '12 football match, I thought I'd take a moment to highlight a few of the events that I'm most excited about in this year's Edinburgh … [Read more...]

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2012 shortlist

The shortlist for this year's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize was published this morning, revealing a final line up of six titles which span two centuries of history, and a geography that reaches from Iceland through western Europe, all the way to … [Read more...]

‘Shadow’ Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2012 shortlist revealed

If you've been following my activities over the past month or so (both here, and on Twitter), then you'll know that I've been busying myself with serving on a 'shadow jury' for this year's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. The brain child of … [Read more...]

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2012 longlist revealed

The longlist for this year's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize was announced early today, revealing another diverse selection of globe-spanning titles which have been translated into the English language. Topping this year's selection is Haruki … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Monday 29th August 2011

Taking Murakami to the stage - The Economist has a nice little write up on the new Haruki Murakami play which has been taking Edinburgh by storm this past week. Adapted from Murakami's novel, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Stephen Earnhart's adaptation … [Read more...]

Daily Bookshot: Post-apocalypse

Post-apocalypse, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. They featured together in an event (you can read about it here), so how could I not feature a shot of Steven Amsterdam's Things We Didn't See Coming (Harvill Secker) sitting alongside … [Read more...]

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...]