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Noreen Riols

On March 16, 2015, Posted by , In Tim's Blog, With No Comments

It is often the case that artists of one kind or another are not very nice people.  The obsessional devotion they give to their art and that they in return sometimes receive from their fans often comes with poor behaviour particularly away from the public gaze.  Artists of the written…

World Book Day

On March 13, 2015, Posted by , In Tim's Blog, With No Comments

It seems to have become an integral part of World Book Day in Primary schools for all children to come dressed as their favourite book character. This sometimes leads to some odd costumes, particularly this year when a boy came in to one school dressed as Christian Grey (from 50…

Bubbling Under

On March 6, 2015, Posted by , In Tim's Blog, With No Comments

It is a sign of a special book when weeks after publication it appears at the top of the bestseller list.  Once the fanfare of publicity has died down and the newspaper reviews have been carefully recycled it is the reader who must carry on the publicity and so Elizabeth…

Book Prizes

On February 21, 2015, Posted by , In Tim's Blog, With No Comments

Is there such a thing as a good book – or are all judgements totally subjective? This is the perennial cry whenever Book Prizes are discussed and a recent discussion at Portsmouth University was no exception.  I was on a panel with Truda Spruyt from The Book PR people Colman…

Fresh Start

On January 19, 2015, Posted by , In Tim's Blog, With No Comments

2014 saw the debuts of a number of authors who are going to be making big names for themselves.  The biggest non-fiction title for us was H is For Hawk. I say non-fiction because it is a book that is difficult to be more specific about.  It is part memoir,…

Summer reads

On December 26, 2014, Posted by , In Tim's Blog, With No Comments

One of the big summer books this year has been The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh. Described by the Guardian as proving that literary fiction and erotica need not be mutually exclusive and by one reviewer as 50 shades of lemon. It is the story of 40 something Jenn and…

Book club reading

On December 15, 2014, Posted by , In Tim's Blog, With No Comments

It is always interesting and worthwhile reading books one wouldn’t usually read. People talk blithely about bad writing when what they usually mean they didn’t “get” the book. Some people like a book with a fast pace others prefer a more leisurely stroll. Some like detailed discussion of military hardware…

Contenders for the Booker

On December 5, 2014, Posted by , In Tim's Blog, With No Comments

The Booker longlist has thrown up the usual range of novels from unknowns to the usual suspects. Having previously just allowed UK and Commonwealth authors in, this year, for the first time, it includes titles written from the whole of the English speaking world ie including the USA. There are…

New books for September

On November 30, 2014, Posted by , In Tim's Blog, With No Comments

In the dogdays of August not a lot seems to happen in the book world as in the rest of the country. Various themes rumble along quietly, unhappiness over the paucity of women on the Booker longlist, Amazon threatening publishers, and The Fault in Our Stars maintaining its grip at…

Author presentations

On November 25, 2014, Posted by , In Tim's Blog, With No Comments

Random House delivered an author packed presentation of big autumn books to booksellers this week. Ian McEwen’s The Children Act sounds like it will be terrific (due September), Simon Schama returns with volume two of his History of the Jews and Rose Tremain has a new collection of short stories…