Book Reviews

A Perfect Night for a Writer – Jeannie Waudby launches One Of Us

Tiny book necklace of One Of Us
A Tiny version of A Brilliant Book made by Strangeness & Charms

My absolutely lovely critique pal, Jeannie Waudby, launched her debut novel – One of Us – last night. I had  day release from the farm and was so excited I travelled up early. My journey to London was enlivened by the presence of three young men travelling to Soho for a Drag Queen Competition. Continue reading “A Perfect Night for a Writer – Jeannie Waudby launches One Of Us”

Book Reviews, Writing Advice

Take Heart, Writers in the Wings – Remember the Branford Boase Shortlist 2011

Meg Rosoff just posted a blog about Battery Books . It’s nothing to do with the ipad and everything to do with Factory Book Production.

It briefly got me down – for a moment my vision was clouded with pulp fiction and celebrity books – but then I remembered this:

THE BRANFORD BOASE SHORTLIST 2011

I Am the Blade by J P Buxton, edited by Beverley Birch – Hachette 

When I Was Joe by Keren David, edited by Maurice Lyon- Frances Lincoln 

Tall Story by Candy Gourlay, edited by Bella Pearson – David Fickling 

Unhooking the Moon by Gregory Hughes, edited by Roisin Heycock – Quercus 

Out of Shadows by Jason Wallace, edited by Charlie Sheppard – Andersen Press 

The Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh, edited by Imogen Cooper – Chicken House

I know some of these writers, some of them  quite well, and they’re terrific. Talented, hard working, innovative and persistent.

And I know some of the editors too – not well, but enough to know they are also talented, hard working, innovative and persistent.

So take heart, writers in the wings – it’s not all pulp – there will always be a market for good writing. Just keep at it, learn your craft, don’t give up – our time will come.

PS – I can’t make the links work directly! If you want to buy any of these titles, click the book, then click the book image that comes  up on a new page :o)