From Stray Cat to Perfect Architect – Jayne Joso to publish 2nd novel

I'm a little beside myself with excitement today because I've got the pleasure of announcing to you that Jayne Joso's 2nd novel - 'Perfect Architect' - will be available in a bookish retail outlet near you (in the UK at least), sometime in May 2011. … [Read more...]

Book News: Joso’s ‘Soothing Music’ makes People’s Book Prize final

If you've read my recent review of Soothing Music for Stray Cats (Alcemi) then you would know what a big fan I am of both the novel and its author, Jayne Joso. Well, you can imagine my delight when a little birdie told me that Soothing has topped the … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: Soothing Music for Stray Cats by Jayne Joso

In a Nutshell: Soothing Music for Stray Cats turns out to be an absolute gem of a novel. Fresh, invigorating, engaging - and coming with one of the most triumphantly realised characters out there - Joso’s novel stands as a prime example of why … [Read more...]

Reading Journal: Monday 5th October 2009

Hi All. OK let’s have a quick catch up on my reading over the past few days (daughter's birthday so not a ton of reading done). First off I finished Jayne Joso’s most awesome Soothing Music for Stray Cats (Alcemi). When I spoke about it last I only … [Read more...]

Reading Journal: Thursday 1st October 2009

It’s great to get back to some semblance of a routine to my reading again, and just in time because it’s the 1st October and the first day in my 31 Shots of Shock reading challenge; reading one horror-related short story every day throughout the … [Read more...]

Reading Journal: Wednesday 30th September 2009

Hi remember me? I’m Rob’ Reading Journal. Yeah I know I’ve not been around for a few days, but Rob has been insanely busy, even struggling to get the other posts up on RobAroundBooks that’s he managed to get up. Over to Rob: Does that mean I’ve … [Read more...]

Reading Journal: Wednesday 23rd September 2009

OK I know I’ve not filed a reading journal entry for a few days. To be honest with you my reading has been all over the place. I’ve been like a little Dutch boy running around trying to plug all the holes that keep springing in the dyke, and not … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Soothing Music for Stray Cats by Jayne Joso

And so Rob’s reading eyes turn to the next book on the never-decreasing book pile and this is one I’m really rather excited about. It’s a debut novel by Jayne Joso, Soothing Music For Stray Cats (Alcemi), and it came to me one day from a totally … [Read more...]

Daily Bookshot: Another Dose of ‘Soothing Music…’

Another Dose of ‘Soothing Music...’, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. Yeah I know I’ve featured Jayne Joso’s Soothing Music for Stray Cats (Alcemi) in a Daily Bookshot already, but I start reading it tomorrow and I couldn’t resist … [Read more...]

Daily Bookshot: From the Valleys

From the Valleys, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. As I seem to be in a mood for talking 'Welsh literature', I thought for today's 'bookshot' I'd feature a couple of titles from the Welsh valleys which were recently added to my reading … [Read more...]