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Regeneration – Pat Barker

Part one of Pat Barker’s justly renowned trilogy about WWI (re)introduces us to Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, Wilfred Owen, Dr William Rivers and Billy Prior – all men who have been changed beyond recognition by a new, modern mode of civilisation destruction – wash, rinse, repeat. With additional cameos by Erich Maria Remarque and Modris […]

My Brilliant Friend – Elena Ferrante

Elena is friends with Lila, whom hurts Elena in all kinds of ways that Elena finds fascinating, and painful. Slums, slums, slums, creepy older men, and not a single moment of levity. Prepare yourself.

School of Velocity – Eric Beck Rubin

Jan and Dirk were inseparable as teenagers, right up till the moment they separated. That didn’t end the friendship, though, which lives on even as the two grow estranged from one another. Read Eric’s interview in The Guardian about the writing of The School of Velocity. And buy it here: Or from

River of Smoke – Amitav Ghosh

Part Two of Ghosh’s ‘Ibis’ Trilogy looks at the run-up to the Opium Wars. From Bombay to Canton, Mauritius to Malacca – set sail for adventure, knowledge, and a number of excellent descriptions of the twists and turns of the early 18th century, globalised drug trade.

The Sportswriter – Richard Ford

New Jersey stands in for Algeria, not that Frank Bascombe would have noticed, living the good life and everything’s okay and nothing bears too much looking into – like the giant chasm of nothingness opening up beneath his feet. With guest appearances from Steinbeck, Faulkner and AC himself.

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

Now in its 10th year, the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016 is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work to new international audiences and further their involvement in the literary world. the award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged […]

The Sensitive Billionaire

The latest news, gossip and comment from the sharp end of the publishing world, brought to you by Donna in Florida and Peter in London.

For The Love of Film

How To Make A Movie: Have a great idea. Write a screenplay. Offer it to Hollywood (this step may take sixteen years waiting tables) Sell your soul (i.e. tarnish your great idea with two nudes, an astronaut, graphic sex, two vampires and three fart jokes) Watch the whole thing get mothballed and die in pre-production. (Despite […]

The Dirty Dictionary

It’s not just Microsoft’s teen chatbot that’s got a potty mouth… no less an august publication than the Oxford English Dictionary has gone all street, too.  Plus… To boldly go where no copyright suit has gone before… The Last Unicorn author locks legal horns with his manager… Fox sued over ‘Empire’… and Trump sued author […]

Skurvi & The Rebelles

Garry’s studio guests this month are The Rebelles, lairy young punks Skurvi and Swedish rocker Sören Sulo Karlsson. Ian Hunter’s daughter Tracie created the Rebelles as a rock ’n’ roll harmony trio with Westworld’s Elizabeth Westwood and blues singer Phoebe White. They release their cover of ‘All The Young Dudes’ on 18 March, featuring Mott […]

Dark Hunter Vs Shadowhunter

The latest news and gossip from the sharp end of the publishing world, brought to you by Donna in Florida and Peter in London. Photo by Gage Skidmore

The Ruts

Shortly after the NME announced that punk was dead, The Ruts came along and proved that it wasn’t. Their driving, reggae-infused punk embodied the whole late 70s Rock Against Racism ideal. And their amazing anthems, such as Babylon’s Burning, Staring At the Rude Boys and Something That I Said carried them into the charts and […]