Top Ten: 2013 Reads (so far…)

Last week I wrote about my Top Ten Films of 2013 (so far), now it’s time for my Top Ten Reads. Unlike the films list this one isn’t confined to books released this year. I hardly ever read books in the year that they are first published, partly because of the cost of hardback books compared to their paperback counterparts…


One of the best books that I’ve read in the last couple of years was Emma Donoghue’s amazing Booker nominated Room – the story of a young woman kidnapped and imprisoned and her son, a child has only ever known life in one small room. I adored the book…

Galaxy National Book Awards Announced

A star-studded ceremony at the Mandarin Oriental in London last night saw the winners of the Galaxy National Book Awards crowned. Celebrating the best in British books and writing, the list of winners contains something for every reader and has some great ideas for Christmas presents. The winners are….

World Book Night 2012

World Book Night is an opportunity for those of us who love books to share our passion with those who may not be such big reading fans. In just one night 1 million books are distributed by over 20,000 ‘givers’ – a great celebration of adult literature..


The harrowing story of a child born into horror

Like lots of people there’s part of me that believes that I could write a best-selling novel. I read the papers or watch the news and get inspiration for stories but I never actually seem to get anywhere with writing them. That wasn’t the case for novelist Emma Donoghue ….