Shiny New Books: Happy New Year!

A Happy New Year to all our Readers,

Sadly, we’ve said adieu to two of our Editors, Simon and Victoria, as they move on to other things. It’s not goodbye though, they will still contribute to Shiny from time to time as ‘Editors At Large’. THANK YOU so much to both of them for helping to take Shiny New Books through its first three years.

Harriet and Annabel are carrying on and the revamp of the site is underway with a new look for Shiny and moving from the magazine batch format to regular more responsive postings. As we rebuild the site, all the content from our thirteen issues of Shiny is still available:

  • Issue 13 via the left hand sidebar
  • All pages via the indexes – tabs up top
  • Use the search button (top right magnifying glass)
  • Use the Archive tab and drill down through the menus (this isn’t fully working yet).

Very best wishes


The Shiny Eds

SNB editorsHarriet, Annabel, Victoria, and Simon


  1. This is looking very good on mobile now. Entirely readable! I’m so glad I checked back. I read everything on my 7 inch tablet so this is wonderful to see!

  2. Claire

    I can only imagine the work that goes into this. Well done and thank you all. Happy Christmas.

  3. Peter Leonard

    Dear All

    I would like to express my deep and profound dismay at your issuing yet another edition of Shiny New Books. Since issue one I have been ensnared by your reviews – books new and re-issued – and, like a poor rabbit caught in the headlights of an oncoming automobile, I have been unable to look away!

    When you are engaged in producing these small treasures, do you ever stop to spare a thought for the poor bibliophile who may become hopelessly tangled in your web of words?

    Do you think of the cost to them of purchasing all these wonderful books? As he or she makes purchase after purchase, and their TBR piles grow to humongous, possibly life-threatening proportions, do you consider the damage this might be doing to their relationships with family and friends? Or to their bank manager, come to that?

    I think not. If you had, you wouldn’t have produced SNB in the first place – thus leaving a multitude of unfortunate victims, like myself, in blissful ignorance of all these marvellous books.

    Do you realise that I have spent most of today reading the latest issue? I still haven’t covered everything. And yet I seem to have ordered another half-dozen books…!

    I can only assume there must be something hypnotic in the typeface of your reviews. Without conscious thought, I find myself clicking on links and ordering books. More books. Which is exactly what my wife says when the packages arrive:

    ‘Not MORE books!!!’

    It’s very wrong that you should regularly feed an addict like myself with SNB. But I do thank you from the bottom of my heart, and hope you’ll keep up the good work for many years to come.

    Wishing you all a merry Christmas, and a prosperous new year.


    1. Dear Peter,

      We’re so sorry to hear about your predicament – but happily can offer no cure! However, has it ever occurred to you that by only focusing on books we can recommend – you are, we hope, sparing yourself the disappointment of having spent money on a book that doesn’t make the grade. Thank you for your good wishes. We can assure you that Shiny will continue, but with a more time-friendly format for it’s editors.

      MERRY CHRISTMAS from the Shiny Eds.

  4. Sad to wave goodbye to two founding members but what a relief that you are able to continue. It must take a significant amount of your time to put each issue together so just want you to know that the effort is certainly not wasted.

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