Best Books of 2018

The Guardian publishes the bestselling books of 2018 and what they regard as the best books of the year. Goodreads have a similar poll with various categories. What they tend to have in common is they... Read More

Amazon the X Factor for books.

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With the return of the TV programme in the UK, it made me think about how it gave people who have no connections, (cultural capital, my husband would term it), a chance to show what they can do. Creat... Read More

Giveaways – Ripley Patton

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Collective wisdom suggests that you should build an e-mail list where you can share all your book news. I have previously tried giveaways with Goodreads and from my website, but with very limited succ... Read More

Glyndwr University

An Uncommon Attorney by Miles Craven All indie authors take a risk when they stick their head above the parapet, but when you teach creative writing for a living it is even more of a risk. You risk yo... Read More

A German perspective

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Set in Germany during the Second World War this book is narrated by death. Not the vindictive stealer of life we assume, but a more paternalistic purveyor of souls. Like... Read More

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

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Divergent ends with Tris thinking of life beyond a faction, yet insurgent is so much more than this. She still clings to Dauntless as her faction of choice, but she also has to recognise that she is d... Read More

Stephen King – On Writing

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I laughed, I cried, I took notes. This book is half biography, half looking at some of the problems of writing. For anyone looking for a how to book, or some magical formula, this book isn’t it. Wha... Read More