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Strange domains

M. John Harrison has a new Kindle Single out! It’s called ‘The 4th Domain’ and it’s fantastic. For me, it has a real feel of Course of the Heart about it – characters mired in their own disjuncture, deeply wrong goings on, a city on the slide towards inexorable decline.  This is a dark story of […]

Necessary drudgery

“Ninety years on from Virginia Woolf’s essay [Character in Fiction], the market into which novels get pitched is still deeply conservative: the choosing of what gets published, reviewed, wins prizes. But the novel is not ruled by the market. Kate Webb, reviewing Every Day is for the Thief in the TLS in July this year, suggested […]

Digging for gold

The shortlist for the Goldsmith’s Prize – inaugurated last year specifically for ‘fiction at its most novel’ – has just been announced: Outline by Rachel Cusk (Faber & Faber) The Absent Therapist by Will Eaves (CB Editions) J by Howard Jacobson (Jonathan Cape) The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth (Unbound) In The Light Of What We […]

cover stories

I’ve just received previews of the cover art for the upcoming Spanish edition of Tejedora/Spin, the French edition of Stardust/Legendes de Ruby Castle, and the mass market French edition of Complications/The Silver Wind. I think they’re all simply stunning – all three briefs have been interpreted in beautifully original and striking ways, and I’m thrilled […]

Who’s Bookered?

The 2014 Man Booker shortlist has just been announced: To Rise Again at a Decent Hour – Joshua Ferris The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler J – Howard Jacobson The Lives of Others – Neel Mukherjee How to Be Both – […]

The Race is in the Box!

Exciting news! The guys over at Upcoming4me have just announced the first selection of titles to be included in their new annual ‘Book Box’ prize, a personal Year’s Best chosen from the books they’ve been reviewing over the past twelve months. It’s a fascinating list, and I’m delighted to see The Race in amongst it.  The […]

Loncon and after

Well, we went to Loncon 3 and it was magnificent. The stats are now in, confirming the 2014 Worldcon as the biggest ever, but this in no way prevented it from being a friendly and spirited gathering with a surprisingly intimate feel. After the initial shock to the system (because it’s huge) the ExCel centre […]

And another thing…

The Race is now available to order as a Kindle eBook! At just £2.59, I think that’s quite a bargain. There’s a generously sized free sample, too, so you can try before you buy. The paperback edition is also up and available for pre-order at £12.99. There’ll be a link to the limited edition signed […]

Launching The Race

Just to let everyone know that The Race will be launched at LonCon on Friday August 15th at 16.30 as part of the NewCon Press launch event. We will also be celebrating the release of Adam Roberts’s collection of essays and non-fiction Sibilant Fricative, the completely revised and expanded new edition of Chris Beckett’s first […]

Booker’s Dozen

The longlist for the 2014 Man Booker Prize was announced yesterday: To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, Joshua Ferris (Viking) The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan (Chatto & Windus) We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler (Serpent’s Tail) The Blazing World, Siri Hustvedt (Sceptre) J, Howard Jacobson (Jonathan Cape) The […]