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Shelf Notes: The Pierced Heart by Lynn Shepherd

Lynn Shepherd’s The Pierced Heart blends Bram Stoker’s Dracula with a Victorian detective story in an ambitious but successful novel. To summarise, an Austrian nobleman offers a substantial donation to the University of Oxford and renowned investigator Charles Maddox is … Continue reading

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Author interview – Chris Ewan, author of The Good Thief’s Guide series, Safe House and Dark Tides

Chris Ewan is the best-selling author of The Good Thief’s Guides Series, Safe House and, most recently, Dark Tides, published in paperback last month. I first came across his work years ago when The Good Thief’s Guide to Amsterdam was … Continue reading

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Recent Links I’ve Loved

It’s time for a round-up of things that have caught my eye recently – an eclectic collection. Commercial women’s fiction, the much-derided chick-lit, is unfairly sneered at. As Lizzy Kremer, an agent with David Higham Associates, points out in this … Continue reading

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Winning, validation, and fortune cookies

Last weekend I became a writer, and an award-winning one at that, and I learnt never to doubt a fortune cookie prediction. In lots of ways, it was quite a turning point. I told you last week that I’d been … Continue reading

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Shelf notes: In The Woods by Tana French

It’s a well-worn trope that crime writing isn’t taken as seriously as other genres – even a writer such as John Banville dismisses the crime novels that he writes under the pseudonym of Benjamin Black. However, as Allan Massie writes … Continue reading

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