How to Market a Book by Joanna Penn

I listen to Joanna Penn's CREATIVE PENN podcast religiously. The life of a writer – particularly an indie author taking faltering first steps – is a solitary one, and so it's great to tune into someone who’s taken the route themselves and is eager to hand out the benefit of their experience. As my post…

To Kill The President by Sam Bourne

When I think of Donald Trump in terms of fiction I try to imagine a redemptive arc, Sam Bourne/Jonathan Freedland instead sees plots to assassinate him. His is the view that probably strikes the biggest chord with the public, particularly The Guardian reading part of it. Okay, to be fair, the President is never actually…

Succubus on Top by Richelle Mead

Bawdy, sexy, over the top, flirty and provoking: the Georgia Kinkaid novels may share a lot of the same DNA as the Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series and Ben Aaronovitch's Peter Grant series – a supernaturally inclined hero tackles occult based mysteries in a city they know so well – but the tone of it is so…

E by Kate Wrath

Part fantasy, part western, part sci-fi, and all dystopia, Kate Wrath’s E manages to cram a great deal in, all while remaining a distinctly human story. Although filled with vividly described agony and bloodshed, it’s at its core a tale of companionship and loss, of a family unit trying to defy the awfulness of the…

Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead

Trashy, lightweight and superficial – yet I don’t mean any of that in the pejorative. This is a book which revels in being trashy, lightweight and superficial; it’s raison d'être is to be trashy, lightweight and superficial. It’s a novel which wants nothing more than to be a fun, sexy, albeit dark piece of fluff,…

Nixonland by Rick Perlstein

NIXONLAND is a huge, sprawling populist history of eight years of American history, that even with its generous 900 page length, feels like it has so much crammed into it. If I had the time, it’s a book I’d want to study. Not just for the glorious and entertaining detail of the book, but for…

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

Confession time: I’ve never actually read any Harry Potter (though I did make my way slowly through the films), nor did I do more than pick up and casually glance through A CASUAL VACANCY in a bookshop. So THE CUCKOO'S CALLING represents my very first exposure to the writing of J.K. Rowling. I have to say that one has…

The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas

There are some books you read where you know incredibly swiftly that you absolutely LOVE them. You get about a quarter of the way through and find yourself totally entranced by just how much you’re enjoying every single page, but it’s an entrancement mixed with a kind of niggling dread where you whisper to the…