The internet is aflutter with excitement about Aaron Sorkin’s new television show, The Newsroom. All kinds of questions are being asked: how will Sorkin write a Republican protagonist? Where’s Bradley Whitford? Will The Newsroom air anywhere besides the US? Here’s what I’m asking: will it change lives? Because The West Wing changed mine. For a… Continue reading All because of Aaron Sorkin: how the West Wing changed me
My characters Dan and Libby love Pizza Express. Maybe you do too? Cilck pledge to pre-order my novel at the Paperback level or above during March, fill in your name and email here, and you’ll be entered into a draw to win a £50 Pizza Express voucher. Ts and Cs: the pledge must be made… Continue reading Pre-order my book and get free pizza!
It’s been, I admit, very quiet on this blog of late. What with writing the Brit Lit Blog, where I round up news and views from British books and publishing every weekday, writing for Book Riot, writing about new books out each week and each month especially for my Patreon supporters, and putting out my… Continue reading At Last: a Book of One’s Own
This is a hard post to write, for all the best reasons: I’ve had a great reading year. I’ll have made it to fifty books, in the nick of the time and with the help of some short reads towards the end. I’ve had comparatively few disappointments. I’ve tried to be a bit more discerning… Continue reading Claire’s Top 10 Books of 2017 (and a few extra)
It’s all about the nonfiction in British books coming to the US this month, and royalty features heavily among the offerings both—which is probably not unrelated to the popularity of The Crown and the impending buying of holiday gifts. Read more here.
You may have heard of matching your clothes or your nails with a book cover, but here’s a new one—to me, at least. The Instagram account @literaturelipstick matches, you’ve guessed it, lipsticks to books, and the results are both thoughtful and beautiful. Read more here.
If there’s a theme to this month’s offering of British books being published in the US, it’s challenge. There’s the challenge of fighting the patriarchy. There’s the challenge of dealing with the internet and the surprising and sometimes dark world it opens up, and the challenge of imagining a world in which teen girls hold the… Continue reading 5 British Books to Look Out For in the US in October
Whatever genre you’re into, there’s something coming to the US from the UK for you in the first half of September — this month’s selection encompasses a thriller, literary fiction, YA, and non fiction.
If you’re packing for your last trip of the summer, throw one of these in your suitcase. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
My main book blogging project this year has been compiling the Brit Lit blog. Every weekday, I summarise what’s happening in the world of British books and publishing. It’s been fun, and rewarding, and my to-be-read pile has grown exponentially. I’d love to expand the Brit Lit blog. I’d love to spend more time bringing… Continue reading Help me make more Brit Lit things!
There’s a reason cities are such fertile terrain for novels: they’re full to the brim with people, in all their variety. Rich, poor, hopeless or spurred by the dream that brought them to the city in the first place, they come from all over the world and speak many languages, many varieties of each of… Continue reading 100 Must-Read Novels Set in London