A Novel Calling – Books that were written just for me

By Alice Farrant Realistically, I know searching for signs in the everyday is silly. Stepping over three drains in a row doesn’t cause bad luck, and if something bad happens there won’t be two more events before the bad luck cycle is complete. But I can’t help it, I enjoy the irrationality of my strange…

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A Novel Calling – Books that were written just for me

Written by Danielle Simpson “A handful of books that have been really important in your life.” So, that was the brief. For someone who loves reading, loves books and stories . . . how to choose the most significant out of a lifetime of reading. Thinking about this question since Victoria posed it to me…

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A Novel Calling – Books that were written just for me

Written by Karen Langley If you’re reading Shiny New Books, there’s a good chance that you’re a person who loves books and regards them as having a significant place in your life. I certainly do, and so when Victoria asked me to contribute some thoughts on “books that were specifically written for me” I was…

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A Novel Calling – Books That Were Written Just For Me

Written by Eleanor Franzen In February, I read an advance proof copy of Helen Stevenson’s Love Like Salt, and although I’d never seen a word of it before, it felt somehow familiar. She wrote about everything I cared about: poetry, music, a faith that is rooted in but not identical to religion, France, chronic illness…

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BookBuzz (Issue 13)

The Eds Discuss.. Three Years of Shiny – Can you believe how fast they’ve gone? We can’t, as we look back over the past 13 editions… The Return of the Shiny Advent Quiz – You know you can’t help yourself! Interviews Q & A with Stef Penney – discussing her new novel, Under A Pole Star Q & A…

BookBuzz

The Eds Discuss.. Three Years of Shiny – Can you believe how fast they’ve gone? We can’t, as we look back over the past 13 editions… The Return of the Shiny Advent Quiz – You know you can’t help yourself! Interviews Q & A with Stef Penney – discussing her new novel, Under A Pole Star Q & A…

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BookBuzz

Interview with Rowland Manthorpe and Kirstin Smith The authors of the hilarious debut novel, Confidence, talk about writing as a team and the pleasures and perils of university learning. Spotlight on Publishers: NYRB We love NYRB classics here at Shiny and couldn’t be more thrilled to discuss life at the publishing house with Editorial Director,…

BOOKBUZZ

An Ancient Permanence? – Rosy Thornton  The wonderful Rosy Thornton meditates on the village of Blaxhall in coastal Suffolk, the inspiration for her new collection of short stories. Love, Or Nearest Offer – Adèle Geras How the saddest of circumstances motivated award-winning novelist, Adèle Geras, to write one of the happiest and most comforting of…

BookBuzz (Issue 11)

An Ancient Permanence? – Rosy Thornton  The wonderful Rosy Thornton meditates on the village of Blaxhall in coastal Suffolk, the inspiration for her new collection of short stories. Love, Or Nearest Offer – Adèle Geras How the saddest of circumstances motivated award-winning novelist, Adèle Geras, to write one of the happiest and most comforting of…

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BookBuzz

Questions for Lucy Caldwell The award-winning Irish writer talks about her first book of short stories, Multitudes, with our non-fiction ed, Harriet, and in a fascinating discussion explores her relationship to the writing process. Questions for Peggy Frew The Australian author discusses her latest novel, Hope Farm, with our fiction ed, Annabel, and the compelling…

BookBuzz (Issue 10)

Questions for Lucy Caldwell The award-winning Irish writer talks about her first book of short stories, Multitudes, with our non-fiction ed, Harriet, and in a fascinating discussion explores her relationship to the writing process. Questions for Peggy Frew The Australian author discusses her latest novel, Hope Farm, with our fiction ed, Annabel, and the compelling…

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Shiny Index: Non-Fiction

Welcome to the Shiny Master Index – Non-Fiction The books in this index will have appeared in our Non-Fiction or Reprints sections, together with BookBuzz features & series.  Entries are categorised in broad categories outlined below, then by author A-Z. If you want to search for a particular title or reviewer, we suggest you use the…

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The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Reviewed by Harriet I forget everything between footsteps. ‘Anna!’ I finish shouting, snapping my mouth shut in surprise. My mind has gone blank. I don’t know who Anna is or why I’m calling her name. I don’t even know how I got here. I’m standing in a forest, shielding my eyes from the spitting rain.…

The Lion and the Unicorn by George Orwell

Reviewed by Karen Langley Although George Orwell’s name resonates most strongly with us nowadays because of his great novels – in particular Nineteen Eighty Four, which seems to become more relevant every day – it shouldn’t be forgotten that he was a superb essayist. There is even a prize in his name for political writing,…