Forethoughts: Oh Sweden! Oh Israel! by Stephan Mendel-Enk

Outside of literature I have a profound interest in religion. I may be an atheist myself but religion has long fascinated me. My main interest lies in the Islamic and Judaic religions and their associated histories and architecture, but I'm also … [Read more...]

EdBookFest 2011 Diary: Day #10 – Of kids, short stories and American road trips

Note: remember to scroll down to the bottom for picture highlights from the day. And so began the second full week of EdBookFest, and what a glorious morning it was to wake up to. Today also marked the start of the RBS Schools Programme, and so … [Read more...]

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2011 longlist announced

The longlist for this year's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize was announced earlier today. Funded by Arts Council England, and administrated for the first time this year by the Booktrust, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize is the only UK prize … [Read more...]

Daily Bookshot: 2nd-Hand Haul!

2nd-Hand Haul!, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. Isn't it fantastic when the Books Gods look down favourably upon you and bestow you with wonderful finds? Well, I must have been really well behaved lately in the eyes of the gods, because … [Read more...]

Book designer CS Richardson’s nuggets of wisdom

Presumably to generate a bit of extra promotion for one of the books designed by him (Nikolski by Nicolas Dickner), Portobello Books has posted a nice article by CS Richardson on the glorious subject of book design. This is a man who by his own … [Read more...]