Category: Essays

On reading problematic books

Today I’d like to talk about something which I saw brilliantly summed up by @JamesSACorey on Twitter: I read everything with a thought to the time it was written in. We can’t expect works of fiction to evolve… Read More

Short story collections vs cycles

Do you know the difference between a short story collection and a short story cycle? I didn’t until just the other day, so let me enlighten you… Short story collections A short story collection is a number of… Read More

Do you read introductions?

Introductions: you can find them at the beginning of so many books, from novels to poetry to short story collections – but do you read them? In fiction, an introduction is usually written by someone who is not… Read More

My favourite female writers

Today marks 100 years since (some) women were given the vote in the UK. The 1918 Representation of the People Act granted suffrage to women over 30, who either owned land or were married to men who did…. Read More

Reading year in review: 2017

2017 is over, and I’m proud to say that I read 56 books this year! That’s the basic story, but I’ve got statistics, so if you’re daft for data then come and deep dive with me… The extremes… Read More