Lyre reviewed on Vulpes Libris

I was very pleased this morning to wake up to a lovely review of [amazon_link id=”9380905076″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Descent of the Lyre[/amazon_link] on the excellent Vulpes Libris, one of my favourite book blogging sites. Here’s a short extract:

 

“It’s just a good novel, a very good read, and a highly memorable tale told simply. Buckingham also writes compellingly as a guitarist, the descriptions of the music also sounding like music, in how the words sit on the page and how the phrases are paced… I enjoyed this novel very much for its feeling of being a fable, a handed-down tale, constructed from bits and pieces of fact and fiction, blended back into myth.”

 

Read the full review here.

On Radio Wildfire, in the Loop

Radio Wildfire is one of the UK’s most innovative literary radio stations, broadcasting on the first Monday of every month, and—in between—offering all kinds of literary goodness in their continually streaming Loop.

This month, I’m in the Loop, giving a couple of readings from my novel, [amazon_link id=”9380905076″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Descent of the Lyre[/amazon_link]. Tune in to have a listen here. If you miss either reading, you just need to wait for the Loop to loop on round: but there’s plenty of excellent stuff in the mean-time, from Angela France to Mark Goodwin.

Happy listening!

Bibliodiversity, Competition and Charismatic Megafauna

Tomorrow is the UK launch event for my novel, [amazon_link id=”9380905076″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Descent of the Lyre[/amazon_link]; and I’m delighted to be launching it alongside my good friends, Jonathan Taylor, Maria Taylor and Simon Perril, who are all launching books of their own (Jonathan’s [amazon_link id=”1907773274″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Entertaining Strangers[/amazon_link], Maria’s [amazon_link id=”0957098456″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Melanchrini[/amazon_link] and Simon’s Newton’s Splinter — excellent books all!). It is at times like this that I realise how fortunate I am to work with a bunch of fellow writers who are as talented as they are generous; and it will be a delight to be launching the books en masse, and turning the book launch into a collective celebration. Read more

“The Lake” – a Short Story in “Overheard: stories to Read Aloud”

Overheard

I’m very pleased to say that today is the publication day for Overheard – Stories to Read Aloud, edited by Jonathan Taylor and published by Salt Publications.

My contribution to the collection (in the section called “Laughing Stories”)  is called “The Lake”, a story I owe to a strange encounter with a nude bather, several years ago, somewhere in the hills of Bulgaria: but don’t buy this wonderful collection just on my account. It’s full of great stories by the likes of Ian McEwan, Louis de Bernières, Hanif Kureshi, Vanessa Gebbie, Tania Hershman, Kate Pullinger, Salman Rushdie, Blake Morrison, not to mention many of my wonderful fellow writers from here at De Montfort University. What better in the cold, winter months than turning off the TV, unplugging the internet, and spending your evenings with friends, reading out loud?

Book Launch! November 17th 2012.

For those of you who are in striking distance of Leicester, in the UK, do come along to the book launch of the year. I’ll be launching [amazon_link id=”9380905076″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Descent of the Lyre[/amazon_link] along with Maria Taylor who will be launching her poetry collection,[amazon_link id=”0957098456″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Melanchrini[/amazon_link], Jonathan Taylor who will be launching his novel, [amazon_link id=”1907773274″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Entertaining Strangers[/amazon_link], and Simon Perril who will be launching his poetry pamphlet, Newton’s Splinter.

It should be a fabulous evening! It’s free, and all are welcome. Here’s the invite (click for full size).

Book launch Leicester

 

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