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Month: October 2012



Laurie Penny and Molly Crabapple journey to Greece to cover the state of the nation following financial collapse. Discordia reports on the struggle of normal people who have gone from living comfortably to the other side of the poverty line. They look at the failings…

Crime Fiction

Mad River

It starts with a robbery gone wrong. Jimmy, Becky and Tom are three teenagers with no future. When Jimmy kills Agatha O’Leary, daughter of a wealthy family, the trio go on the run, leaving a swathe of murders in the wake. Virgil Flowers of the…

Horror, Short Stories

The Haunted Book

When Jeremy Dyson is contacted by journalist Aiden Fox to uncover Britain’s hidden ghost stories, he embarks a hardened sceptic. As he sets off around the country he learns how the mundane can turn terrifying in an instant. The success of many of these stories…

Books In


AKA Showcase Sunday Contrary to what this may look like, I am trying to cut down on books between now and Christmas. Which is quite hard when there are lovely publicists waving proofs around on Twitter but I have mostly been restrained! There may have…


Literary Giveaway Blog Hop

Welcome to the 6th Literary Giveaway Blog Hop hosted by Leeswammes! There are 50 blogs taking part and each one is giving away something bookish (with the emphasis on literary fiction). The hop runs until 31st October so there’s plenty of time to visit all…

Historical Fiction, Q+A, Translation

The Confidant

When Camille receives a letter describing events from pre-war France, she is sure that the writer has got the wrong address. When the letters continue to arrive, she starts to suspect one of her authors, pitching a new novel in a different yet sneaky manner….


Catalogue Spotlight: Gallic Books

Gallic Books is a small, independent publisher dedicated to bringing French fiction to an English reading audience. They also run the wonderful Belgravia Books (where you can often pick up their titles for a bargain price). 2013 will mark their 6th year in business. The…

General Fiction, Translation

The Guard

Harry and Michel are the only two guards in a luxury apartment block. The never leave the basement and their number one priority is keeping the residents safe. Who knows what dangers lurk outside the apartment rules. They spend their days on a strict routine,…


A Street Cat Named Bob

James Bowen is living in sheltered accommodation when he discovers a ginger tom sat in his hallways. Convinced the cat must belong to a neighbour, and wanting to avoid trouble, he leaves the cat be until her sees him day after day; and the poor…