Invisible Female Authors ..and how to find them

Updated in 2015 to include 50% less ignorance! When I browsed the fantastic events calendar for 2012’s Manchester Literature Festival, I found myself noting just how many of the female authors (but the not poets, strangely enough) I’m completely unfamiliar with. This got me to wondering why none of the female authors I follow ever do events or talks. A

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Hype, Hysteria and Haters Does success affect enjoyment?

So earlier this week I posted a review of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars to GoodReads. I am a huge fan of the work of John and his brother Hank, but I wasn’t a fan of the book. So if you’re a fan of The Fault in Our Stars, I don’t overly recommend you read that review. It isn’t written for entertainment, and is a rather meticulous explanation of why I

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The Immaterial Economy Why I don't (usually) pay for digital content..

I’m really not a fan of paid digital content. Sure, I’ve bought indie games on Xbox Live and downloaded paid apps to my phone. I even paid for the Gosford Park soundtrack on mp3 because it was so hard to acquire through less legal means. Yet to my mind, digital content doesn’t “exist” in the same way that physical products do. When I buy a CD, book, or

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London Book Fair 2013 b Day One Diary

Getting up at 3am and to London at 7am, I somehow found myself inside Earl’s Court before it was officially “open” and had plenty of time to check out the lush spaces and marvel at the fact that this was the very same Earl’s Court where a teenage me threw up during a Radiohead show 10 years ago. Feeling a little like the only man there not in a suit, I

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London Book Fair 2013 a Day Two Diary

On the whole, day two of London Book Fair seemed a little less frantic, a little more conversational, and a lot more writer-focused. Two seminars from Literary Agents revealed an underlying truth- that authors are no longer a resource for agents to draw on, but tools they have to utilise. Tools they have to chase after, learn to work with and keep in happy

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SPOILER WARNING!! This isn’t a spoiler, but.. There is no such thing as an "almost-spoiler"

So, with Game of Thrones chugging through season after season on HBO, the BBC scheduling more and more Doctor Who after their anniversary special, and so many new books flying in from all directions… I want to talk about spoilers. Specifically, I want to talk about the fact that there is no such thing a “little” spoiler, and anyone who tries to use them

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I don’t always ruin books with memes, but when I do..

I’m really not a fan of image memes. They reduce conversation to catchphrases and stifle creativity in a way that doesn’t let good ideas develop into better ones. They’re lazy, trite, easily dismissed and instantly forgotten. They’re the Christmas cracker jokes of digital communication. But what I’m finding worse is this growing trend of taking a quote

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Everything must go! Unless it already has! Notes from the recession..

I’m always a little disappointed when picking through the corpse of flagging UK media retailer HMV. Not because there are no good books on their rapidly reducing shelves, but because they’re are no bad ones. Fact is there are plenty of good books on offer, so many that I keep having to stay my hand from buying them, because my quality “to read” pile is too

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