Daily Bookshot: A Black Dandy in Paris

"A Black Dandy in Paris", originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. The Spring 2012 Serpent's Tail catalogues are in and oh how I squealed with delight when I got to Pg. 13. An unlucky number for some maybe, but for me it was lucky all … [Read more...]

Daily Bookshot: Here Are My Myths!

Here Are My Myths!, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. One of my highlights of EdBookFest last week, was definitely meeting the amazing Congolese author, Alain Mabanckou, so for my Daily Bookshot today I thought I'd indulge myself and share … [Read more...]

Mabanckou Giveaway: And the winner is…

Well, it's time to reveal the winner of my Alain Mabanckou giveaway, where one lucky reader would pick up a special EdBookFest signed copy of his first novel, Broken Glass (that's Alain signing that copy in the picture above). And that lucky winner, … [Read more...]

EdBookFest Giveaway: Win a SIGNED copy of Alain Mabanckou’s BROKEN GLASS

Well, I promised you a competition prize or two during EdBookFest, and the first one is an absolute cracker. When I meet Alain Mabanckou yesterday he was kind enough to sign an extra competition copy of Broken Glass for me (look here he is actually … [Read more...]

Daily Bookshot: Porcupine!

Porcupine, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. Two amazing things happen for me next week - 1) I get to read Alain Mabanckcou's latest novel Memoirs of a Porcupine (Serpent's Tail), and 2) I get to go and see him for the first ever, at the … [Read more...]

Reading Journal: Monday 3rd May 2010

And so with great pleasure fellow reader, I return once more to scribing the virtual pages of my online reading journal. Adamant that I would not return to posting journal entries until I was completely happy with the format I was using for this … [Read more...]

Rob’s tackling the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2010 shortlist

You may remember a few days ago that I posted the shortlist for this year’s Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, and remarked that the greatest source of the excitement for me was discovering that all but one of the titles on the shortlist was the … [Read more...]

Shortlist for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2010 revealed

It was an exciting start to a dreary morning, as the shortlist for this year's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize was announced earlier today. Taken from the original longlist of 15, which included big 'hitter's such as Jonathan Littell's The Kindly … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: ‘Killer’ by Dave Zeltserman

In a Nutshell: Superbly written with a real twist in the tale, Killer is a novel which will appeal to lovers of crime fiction and the general readers alike. As a reader who usually ‘crosses the road’ to get away from crime fiction, Zeltserman has … [Read more...]

Herta Müller becomes latest Nobel Laureate in Literature

A special day today in the world of literature, as Rumanian-born German author Herta Müller becomes the latest Nobel Laureate in Literature to join the prestigious roll of 105 past winners. In a live web cast direct from the Swedish Academy, … [Read more...]