Category Archive: book review

Book review: Christos Tsiolkas’ Merciless Gods

Christos Tsiolkas, author of award-winning novels (Dead Europe, The Slap), shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, has released his first collection of short fiction. And as… Read More

Interview: The Knife author, Lee Markham

‘The Knife’ is the startling first novel from Eastbourne-based author Lee Markham. It’s a gritty, ferocious and angry indictment of social inequality and institutional neglect in 21st Century Britain. It also happens to… Read More

The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick Age 81

You may better know JB Morrison as Jim Bob, lead-singer of legendary 90s indie duo Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine. However, while Carter are finally winding down (they play their last ever reunion gig this… Read More

Book review: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Angela Haffenden considers the latest offering from Stephen King: The master of horror writers finally presents us with the sequel to The Shining. If you’ve ever seen the iconic film with the fabulous… Read More

Book Review: Jay Stringer, Lost City

The final part of Jay Stringer’s trilogy of Eoin Miller novels (the previous two were Old Gold and Runaway Town) is yet another excellent example of, what Stringer himself calls, “social pulp” fiction.… Read More

Dating, non-responses and Nathaniel P

Something You Said’s Elaina Ransford explains that everyone knows Nathaniel: Remember that awesome scene in Midnight in Paris when the Hemingway character says that he knows he’ll hate the main character’s book because… Read More

Runaway Town ups the stakes

Runaway Town is the second novel from Jay Stringer, whom I’ve previously had the pleasure of interviewing. It’s the follow-up to his blistering debut Old Gold and continues the adventures of part-Romani ex-cop… Read More

Something You Said’s Year in Books

Our resident book expert, Jess O’Callaghan, gives you the heads up on what you should have been reading this year: A year in books is always hard to write. Everyone’s year in books… Read More

Damn Terran’s Ali and her favourite books

Ali Edmonds from Damn Terran talks us through her favourite books: Down and Out in Paris and London – George Orwell I read this just before I went to both Paris and London for the… Read More

Birdy is a touching paean to friendship

William Wharton’s classic novel of friendship and the terrible cost of war has tragically been out of print for the last few years. This haunting and brilliant novel that was adapted into an… Read More