Shiny New Books Are My Bag

Issue 12 of Shiny New Books was released last week, full of the usual delights. I reviewed About My Mother By Tahar Ben Jelloun, and here are some of the reviews I enjoyed: Eileen By Ottessa Moshfegh Do Not Say We Have Nothing By Madeleine Thien Purple Hibiscus By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie The Railway Children By Edith Nesbit I also had no idea it was Bookshop Day last Saturday, that is until I saw the ………

Daunt Books Festival 2016

It’s March as of next week which means only one thing, the Daunt Books Festival. Thursday 10th and Friday 11th of March I’ll be there for the last three talks on Friday: An A-Z of Humour Craig Brown and Eleanor Bron The Romanovs Simon Sebag Montefiore talks to Catherine Merridale A City Between Two Worlds: Istanbul in Fact and Fiction Elif Shafak and Jason Goodwin talk to Barnaby Rogerson Come chat to me if you’ll ………

Brighton Festival 2015: The Inequality Conundrum & Margaret Atwood

This is the end. Well, the end was last month, but you know what I mean. The Inequality Conundrum Polly Toynbee (PT) in conversation with Mariana Mazzucato (MM), Frances O’Grady (FO), Neel Mukherjee (NM) and Nick Cohen (NC). PT began by explaining that in the current political climate inequality is only going to become more prevalent. People on the minimum wage have doubled since 1999, and there is an elite 1% at the top of ………

Brighton Festival 2015: Andy Miller & Edmund de Waal

This is the penultimate edition of my Brighton Festival write-up. Two very interesting, and every different, gentlemen talking about literature. Read Y’self Fitter – Andy Miller Andy Miller is a publisher and writer, his most recently book is The Year of Reading Dangerously (out now in paperback FYI). You can follow him on twitter: @i_am_mill_i_am This event was based on Andy’s journey to read himself fitter in The Year of Reading Dangerously, he gave us ………