Zola: An Introduction to his books

By Victoria Best Penguin’s decision to publish some of the novels of Émile Zola that have not been in translation for more than a hundred years begs an introduction to this iconic writer of the working classes. When Zola came on the scene with his racy, sordid novels, he brought new life to the genre…

An Interview with Jill Dawson

One of a series of reviews republished from the Shiny Archive of Issue 1 to celebrate our 4th birthday Interview by Victoria Jill Dawson’s wonderful new novel, The Tell-Tale Heart,  recounts the story of Patrick, a womanising lecturer who has recently received a heart transplant. By chance he discovers the identity of his donor, and from that…

Murder on the Pilgrims Way by Julie Wassmer

Reviewed by Victoria If you are like me and enjoy the format of traditional cosy crime – an atmospheric setting, a great cast of possible suspects, a second body that arrives just at the right moment – then I can warmly recommend the new crime series by Julie Wassmer, (click here for the review of…

Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty

Reviewed by Victoria Apple Tree Yard may be billed as a thriller, but like all of Louise Doughty’s novels, it’s a story with more depth than you might anticipate. Yvonne Carmichael is a successful geneticist who happens one winter day to be reporting to a Standing Committee at the House of Lords. She is fifty-two,…

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,…

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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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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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Interviews Two impressive women talk about their debut novels – the hugely accomplished English literature Professor, Janet Todd, and creative arts Fellow and documentary producer, Sharon Guskin. Q and A with Janet Todd Q and A with Sharon Guskin Comment The eds decided to get together again and put literary festivals under their microscope –…

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Shiny Features The Shiny Book Club – which book have we chosen for discussion on December 3rd in our festive Extra Shiny? The Eds Discuss: The Books & Authors Package – do you like to read about the authors whose books you enjoy? What happens if you disagree with their beliefs? The Shiny Poetry Competition…

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Author Features Writing The Midwife’s Daughter and Aren’t We Sisters? Bailey’s longlisted author Patricia Ferguson talks about the genesis of her two related novels. The Inspiration behind Hush Sara Marshall-Ball tells us how a creative writing exercise became her debut novel. Writing About Secrets, the False Self and Insecure Identities in my Novel, Sugar and…

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Book Buzz Contents Introducing the Shiny Book Club Interviews – An interview with Phillip Lopate – The Clara Vine novels with Jane Thynne – Shiny New Author: Cecilia Ekbäck – Shiny New Author: Sarah Bannan Author Articles – Researching A Curious Friendship by Anna Thomasson – On Writing Three Strange Angels by Laura Kalpakianbsp; –…

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BookBuzz Contents Interviews and Author Articles: Frances Vick – The author of debut novel Chinaski talks about her musical heroes and the roots of rock n’ roll. Peter May discusses his new novel, Runaway, and its intriguing historical and psychological elements. Sophia Toibin – Author of the compelling historical thriller, The Widow’s Confession talks about…

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BookBuzz contents An interview with Tom Barbash The gorgeous Tom talks to us about studying with Tobias Wolff, how the idea of the stranger in the house inspires him and why his stories contain a lot of snow. Barbara Nadel Interview Barbara tells us about growing up in the melting pot of London’s East End,…

BookBuzz

In our first edition of BookBuzz you loved the trailer posts from authors with forthcoming books. This time we’ve got insights into the writing of two huge summer releases: Nicola Griffith’s epic historical novel, Hild, (described as ‘Game of Thrones without the dragons but.. so much more’) about the woman who would become St Hilda…

BookBuzz

If there’s one thing that fascinates me, it’s finding out how books came to be written. What put that little kernel of an idea into an author’s mind? What was the inspiration that brought their imagination to life? In the BuzzBooks section, it’s all about genesis and creativity, whether it’s established authors like Sebastian Barry,…