The Descent of the Lyre review on thebookbag.co.uk

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There’s a wonderful new five star review of [amazon_link id=”9380905076″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Descent of the Lyre[/amazon_link] up on book review website, theBookBag.co.uk. “Seasoned with knowledge of philosophy and storytelling as well as a deft touch and lyrical beauty,” they say, “it feels totally original.” You can read the full review here, and if you are convinced, you can [amazon_link id=”9380905076″ …

Utopia etc.

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I was very pleased this morning to receive my contributor’s copy to the Five Leaves anthology on Utopia, a wonderful collection of essays on utopias, dystopias and everything in between, edited by Ross Bradshaw. You can get your copy from Inpress books. My own contribution is called ‘The Trouble with Happiness’ and is a more extended philosophical riff on the …

Bishop’s Snorghford?

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It’s very nice to see that [amazon_link id=”1407116525″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Snorgh and the Sailor[/amazon_link] has been shortlisted for the Bishop’s Stortford Picture Book award. It’s on a shortlist of nine picture books, some of which I’m familiar with, and some of which I’m looking forward to reading. The award will be made at the Bishop’s Stortford Literature Festival in …

On Radio Bulgaria

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The other week I had a fun phone call to Sofia, Bulgaria, where I chatted to Rossitsa Petcova about my novel, [amazon_link id=”9380905076″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Descent of the Lyre[/amazon_link]. Radio Bulgaria have now published the interview online, and you can have a listen by clicking here. Get yourself a cup of tea before the broadcast starts, as it’s …

Existential Romps with Short Men

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It’s now five years since my first novel, [amazon_link id=”0955138426″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Cargo Fever[/amazon_link], was published; and—now that my [amazon_link id=”9380905076″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]second novel[/amazon_link] has emerged out into the world—I can perhaps confess that the earlier book is one towards which I harbour both a kind of affection and also a kind of ambivalence. Affection, because I still …

UK Literacy Association Book Award

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Just a quick post to say that I’m delighted to hear that [amazon_link id=”1407116525″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Snorgh and the Sailor[/amazon_link] has been long-listed for the UK Literacy Association Book Award. Read the full announcement and download the long-list here. The shortlist will be drawn up in early 2013, and the award will be announced on July 5th 2013.

The Descent of the Lyre: GoodReads Giveaway

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There are now two copies of [amazon_link id=”9380905076″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Descent of the Lyre[/amazon_link] up for grabs in this GoodReads giveaway. You have until the 4th November to sign up for your chance to win yourself a free copy. The Giveaway is open to Goodreads members from the UK, Canada, USA (the book is not due out in the …

The Snorgh Shortlisted for 2013 Coventry Inspiration Book Awards

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I’m delighted to say that [amazon_link id=”1407116525″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Snorgh and the Sailor[/amazon_link] has been shortlisted for the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards, in the ‘What’s the Story?’ category. The award will be decided by public vote in a round of Big Brother-style (I think they mean the reality TV show, not the novel—or, I hope so at least) eliminations. …