Constellation of Genius: The Journey continues…

On this, the anniversary of James Joyce’s birthday (and indeed the publication of his most famous novel, Ulysses), it is perhaps most timely that I announce the recommencement of my ‘Journeying through the Constellation of Genius’ project, which you … [Read more...]

Constellation of Genius: Erich von Stroheim’s silent cinema epic, Foolish Wives

I thought it would take a bit of effort and fortitude to sit through two and a half hours of silent 1922 cinema, but actually it turned out to be an enjoyable experience. The film in question was Erich von Stroheim’s Foolish Wives, and I was watching … [Read more...]

Journeying through the Constellation of Genius

A book that I had a great fondness for last year but never got to spend a lot of time with, was Kevin Jackson’s Constellation of Genius (Hutchinson). Coming with the premise that 1922 was the ‘annus mirabilis’ of the modernist movement - mainly … [Read more...]

Shortlist for 2012 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award unveiled

The shortlist for the 2012 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award has been announced, revealing an eclectic final six, with collections from eminent authors around the world. American, Lucia Perillo's debut work of fiction goes … [Read more...]

Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award 2012 longlist

The nominees for this year's Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award have been announced, revealing a record breaking longlist of 77 short story collections from 17 different countries. Despite a €10,000 drop in the overall winner's prize … [Read more...]

2011 Edge Hill Short Story Prize shortlist unveiled

The shortlist was announced earlier today, for this year's Edge Hill Short Story Prize - the UK's only existing literary award for short story collections published by a single author. The shortlist is as follows (links lead to publisher … [Read more...]

Daily Bookshot: A Clockwork Copper

A Clockwork Copper, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. I'm sure many of you will be wholly familiar with David Pelham's iconic illustration for the 1972 Penguin edition of A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. If you are then you'd be … [Read more...]

On The Radar: Sofia Tolstoy, City Lit, Slinkachu and Canadian short stories

“On the Radar” provides small incidental rundowns on books which I’ve discovered, but haven’t yet purchased. These are titles that I’ve either added to my wishlist or am keeping a close eye on, with a view to adding them. In addition, these are books … [Read more...]

RobAroundBookLists: The Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels

On Fridays the Daily Feature spotlight turns to recommended reading lists in the feature called RobAroundBookLists, and this week is the turn of the 100 Best Novels list from the Modern Library, a Division of Random House Publishing. What … [Read more...]