Celebrating Miles Franklin

Today (14th October) is Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin‘s 135th birthday, which I learnt thanks to Google’s main search page. (There’s a name they have for those special occasion designs but I can’t remember what it is.) Better known as Miles Franklin, she is best known for her classic 1901 novel, My Brilliant Career. […]

Stephen Fry on the Topic of Evolving Language

I recently learned about Kinetic Typography at a Professional Learning workshop and, aside from anything else, loved Stephen Fry’s “rant” on pedants and the evolving English language. Reminds me that Shakespeare invented (read: made up) over a thousand words which we now consider very much part of the English language. (Kinetic Typography is a software […]

Dr Johnson's obscure words

I love watching QI, it’s so fascinating and funny and you learn all sorts of weird and wonderful things. Last night’s episode was no exception, and when they got talking about Dr Johnson’s dictionary, the obscure words that are no longer in use, and what Stephen Fry called his “lazy” definitions for things, I just […]

Literary Prize Winners - 2013 Round-up

Literary awards can be great not just for the authors but also for readers looking for something new to read. The best thing about them? They’re often very divisive. You don’t have to like them, you don’t have to agree if they won, but guaranteed they’ll have you talking or thinking about them. They can […]

New Adult Fiction

As much as I loathe the category or genre label of “New Adult”, I’m happy that people are finally writing books about the 18-26 age group, and that publishers are printing them – though it did of course take readers to show publishers that they wanted to read the stories by making so many self-published […]

“So You Want to Be a Writer”

by Charles Bukowski

if it doesn’t come bursting out of you in spite of everything, don’t do it. unless it comes unasked out of your heart and your mind and your mouth and your gut, don’t do it. if you have to sit for hours staring at your computer screen or hunched over your typewriter […]

John Updike's Rules for Writing Reviews

Farther to my previous post on writing reviews, I bring you John Updike’s guidelines for writing a good review, or what a good book review should contain. I like this, very much. Though it does indirectly remind me that I have a few of Updike’s books (The Witches of Eastwick, Couples and Rabbit, Run) that […]

On Writing "Reviews", or whatever you want to call them

Less than three months into the year, the book blogging and reviewing community has already seen the latest upset – which is really a kind of “re-upset”, since these happen every year it seems.

I had originally written this really long, impassioned post about my thoughts on the matter, but once I got the […]