Handles by Jan Mark: A Carnegie Medal Winner
The tenth (writing) commandment, according to ‘Mslexia’
Queen of the surf: not yet
No ‘problems’ only ‘solutions’
‘Utilize’ when should you use it?
Sarah Lightman’s ‘The Book of Sarah’
The Blank Wall by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding
Somerset Maugham and Marta Hillers believed in the Writing Cure
The Writing Cure
The writer and social media
How much will people pay for an ebook?
How can I support my writing habit?
Who are all these authors?
Mel Sherratt and Tim Cooke talk about self-publishing on Kindle at the London Book Fair 2013
Are Bookstores here to stay?
At the AuthorLounge, The London Book Fair 2013: How to get a literary agent
The Authorlounge in Earls Court 2 at the London Book Fair
Judging Books by the Spine
Do Granta, Vintage and Penguin weigh their words?
That’s the stuff! A note on Adriana Hunter’s translation of ‘Beside the Sea’ by Veronique Olmi
Is Tomorrow Pamplona by Jan van Mersbergen a literary thriller?
One suit attends mass four times on a Sunday morning: Mass-going in Ireland in the 1930s and 1940s
‘Beside the Sea’ by Veronique Olmi
Jane Austen’s advice, applied to ‘Untimely Death’ by Cyril Hare: 3 to 4 families in the Country the very thing to work on
Writing is not typing
Have Myriad Editions, Peirene and Persephone a place in the world of publishing?
What might Jane Austen have said to Elizabeth Bowen about ‘The Heat of the Day’: A writer must be wary of introducing circumstances of apparent consequence which lead to nothing
Please respect that this is a Barbie-free zone: Does the world need any more plastic?
Why have the English and the Irish made such a poor thing of tea?
What is the matter with Cyril Hare’s Frank Pettigrew (‘Tragedy at Law’)?
Don’t sink below the Whipple Line: Virago would not publish Dorothy Whipple, Persephone did
Elizabeth Taylor still, after all these years, the best known unknown writer: Rediscovering writers
The impossibility of the puzzle-type crime novel: writing crime novels
Is there anyone who has not seen a copy of ‘The Private Lives of Pippa Lee’ in a North London charity shop?
If a sense of humour is like a piano keyboard, then mine has two dud notes, farce and black comedy: Looking at ‘The Journeying Boy’ by Michael Innes
The CWA’s top 100 crime novels reconsidered
How would Jane Austen have fared in a creative writing class?
Is the road to self-publishing too long, lonely and expensive?
For how many modern novels, could you answer “yes” to Philip Larkin’s four questions?
You love Persephone Books, is your taste exactly the same as Nicola Beauman’s?
Called to account for reading defalcations
Never say ‘Never again!’
Bat out of Hell by Francis Durbridge
Pure artist though he was Henry James was keen to be paid for his work: In search of a remunerated pen
When Hibernian and Albion obliquity meet American directness
A masterclass from Jane Austen
The slush pile, a slippery slope?
Be prepared to be trivialised and marginalised
Anthony Trollope’s way: three hours a day of literary labour should produce three three-volume novels a year
Reculer pour mieux sauter
French manners: one word that makes the whole world kin
Jane Austen proposes Emma to her literary agent
Kingsley Amis on the King’s English
When white looks blacker than black
The Ghost of Self-Publishing Future
What Mary might have said
In the days when crime did not pay as well
the Big Give
Why don’t you self-publish?
Self-publishing, an option?
Penalties for using plastic bags
Errors in writing that can be so difficult to avoid
Penalties for using plastic bags
Euphony: such an essential part of good writing
Mad, like Flaubert?
Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh: Charity Christmas Cards
The Siren Call: What Edith Wharton resisted when writing Ethan Frome
A Children’s Year Book
Writing Competitions: If you are not in, you can’t win
Mistress Anne Herbert at home in the Tower of London
A writer’s snag list: wresting with the gaze
The Apostrophe: deeper waters
The durability of ‘I don’t do’
What sort of English does George Orwell liken to prefabricated Hen-House?