My 2013 reading wrap up

So everyone else is doing it, here's mine. These aren't all the books I read this year, but these are the ones I want to mention. The knock-out book for me: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Possibly my favourite book for the last few years. Biggest surprise of the year: Addition, Toni Jordan. This book [...]


Messages from 2004 – no one is taking a punt any more

I have several large ring binder folders that are stuffed with clipped newspaper articles, book reviews, my handwritten notes from courses and other printed material, mainly pieces on writing that I've found online. Sometimes when my mind is too buzzy to settle on fiction when I'm in bed at night, before sleeping, I pull out [...]

Tracing influence

It's almost the end of the year but I've still got stuff to do. Teaching finishes this week — my final session is Thursday. But there's writing, always writing. I'm not complaining. It is the thing I most love to do and I feel really lucky to be able to do it, not just as [...]