I was introduced to this book at an online event hosted by Bryony Gordon to explore how we talk about alcohol and relationships in literature. Lisa was on the panel, along with Shuggie Bain author Douglas Stuart (that one’s on my Christmas list) and I was really taken by the words from all three authors… … Continue reading Book review: Bright Burning Things by Lisa Harding
Whether it was artistic symbolism, a PR stunt or a knee-jerk emotional reaction, the one thing that really stands out about Jeanette Winterson’s book bonfire is the fact that we forget how many people pour their hearts and souls into publishing books. Nobody with an interest in the world of publishing could have missed the … Continue reading Jeanette Winterson’s book bonfire is symbolic of how we dismiss those working passionately behind the scenes
I’ve spent a lot of time working with addiction recovery charities over the last few years, and, as I was working on a project this morning, it inspired me to share some of the books I’ve read - and some on my TBR - on the topic. There really are some powerful, honest, inspirational, humorous … Continue reading 10 Books on Addiction and Recovery
I wrote an entire book based on this question. The thing is, I don’t think we’re really asking the right question at all. Which is also why I wrote the book. It’s easy to find a headline. Especially today - conspiracy theories and drawn conclusions based on....well...a bunch of details we cherry pick from. But … Continue reading Why do so many rock stars die aged 27?
Sonic Youth Slept On My Floor by Dave Haslam - Music, Manchester and More I’ve always felt like a music imposter. Even though I’ve loved music since I was very young - and grew up listening to my dad playing guitar and blues music (which I of course whinged about because don’t all kids whinge … Continue reading Book Review: Sonic Youth Slept On My Floor
Who fancies joining me and two other music-obsessed authors for a chat about….well…books and music? Forum Books, one of the most gorgeous independent bookshops I’ve ever set foot in, is hosting an event on 3rd March (coinciding with my e-book launch!) called How Music Shaped Us. There’ll be me bangin’ on about The Twenty Seven … Continue reading EVENT KLAXON: How Music Shaped Us
Evening all! Since my book, The Twenty Seven Club, published last week, I’m really keen to hear what people think about it, who’s interested in reading and, basically, seeing if I can generate some buzz around it! It’s fun - but also a hard slog publishing independently - so every little bit of online support … Continue reading Back to the 1990s – and a little literary request….