Guest Post by R.N. Morris: The unbearable weirdness of being published

Great writer and thoroughly good chap, R.N. Morris’ latest Porfiry Petrovich novel, A Razor Wrapped in Silk, is published on Thursday, and he’s here to talk about it. Also, courtesy of those good people at Faber and Faber, we have 5, yes FIVE, SIGNED copies to give away. All you have to do is leave […]


I have been working like the proverbial buzzing thing of late, and as a result I’ve got a little behind with replying to emails and suchlike. But now I’ve got Very Important Work done I can both put my fine-toothed comb away and start getting back to people. Apologies if you’ve been waiting a while. […]

I Have Been Doing Work

I have been doing work. Mostly editing work for my book (out early June, folks, get it in your diary), and while there’s not much I can say about the book just yet what I can tell you is that I am exceptionally excited about how it’s shaping up – I saw the cover art […]

And The Winner Is…

First up, thanks to all who entered. I loved reading everyone’s entries and I know Kate did too. But there could be only one winner (who would win a signed copy of this) And the one person Kate has chosen is (drum roll please…) Joanna. Joanna said: “I think immediately of Jerusalem. I remember singing it […]

Quick Notice

The Kate Long competition will close at 5pm GMT. A winner will be announced later this evening, all being well. Thanks to all those who’ve entered – and to all those who might sneak in at the last minute…

A Fool To Myself

The competition where you’ve a chance to win a signed copy of Kate Long’s new novel is still running here, but in the meantime… *** I’m a fool to myself. I really am. I buy so many books or, if I’m lucky, get sent them and then take a bloody age to read them. So, […]

Kate Long: How I Learned To Love Words

It’s a genuine thrill and pleasure to welcome the lovely and talented Kate Long back to the blog. I interviewed her about her previous book ‘The Daughter Game’ here, and today she’s going to talk about how she learned to love words. PLUS. Yes. There’s more. There’s the chance to win a signed copy of […]

Acknowledgements And a Thank You

Well, I’ve just emailed the acknowledgements and thanks that’ll go at the end of my book to my publisher, and I’m desperately hoping I’ve not missed anyone out. It is all starting to feel very real. But. More importantly… What I wanted to say here was a thank you to you – the people who read this […]

On The Tram

Apologies to Facebook friends and Twitter chums who might have already seen this but I wanted to share this here as well. I was talking to a good friend (big reader) the other day about Kafka. His was the standard response to someone mentioning him, ie he quoted the first sentence from The Metamorphosis (When […]

Initial Thoughts on The Kindle

I’ve been impressed, to be honest. I’ve no complaints with the screen – that electronic ink stuff really is very clever. It’s very similar to reading off the printed page. I’ve been reading (and thoroughly loving) Caroline Smailes’ In Search of Adam so I thought it’d be a pretty nifty experiment to continue reading it […]