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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 …

Fiction

Contemporary Dramas: Citizens by Kevin Curran examines the legacy of the Easter Rising on the youth of Dublin today. The Cold War of the 1960s is the setting for Helen Dunmore’s latest novel Exposure, and the hot summer of 1976 provides fertile ground for Joanna Cannon’s debut novel – The …

Non-fiction

Once again we have a pleasingly wide-ranging selection of non-fiction titles for your delectation. Whether you like science or history, biography or travel, there’s bound to be something to catch your eye and send you off to the bookshop. There’s plenty here for those who like reading about other peoples’ …

Reprints

Two whole years since our first issue! Can you believe it? Those of us who love reprints have been well served over that time, and this issue is no different. As usual, there is a mixture of fiction and non-fiction, with classics and new discoveries fighting out for your attention. …

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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 …

Fiction

We have a bumper crop of contemporary novels, crime and thrillers for you this issue, including a good batch of paperbacks, and a sprinkling of other fare.  Despite this imbalance we’re sure something will catch your eye… Contemporary Novels:  Asking for It by Louise O’Neill is a YA novel for …

Non-Fiction

One of the bonuses of being the non-fiction editor of Shiny is how much I learn about all kinds of things, some of which I never even knew I was interested in. A good deal of this is owing to our lovely reviewers, whose suggestions as always have added some …

Reprints

Happy 2016! It seems like a good time of year to grab some reprints, doesn’t it? Then again, when doesn’t. And – as always – we’ve got a great selection here. If you’ve enjoyed the British Library Crime Classics so far, then you won’t go wrong with Murder of a Lady …

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Poetry Competition Winner – huge congratulations to Sharon Black! Poetry Competition Runners-Up – so many wonderful poems that we have five runners-up rather than just the two we’d planned. The Last of the Bowmans and Black Humour – author J Paul Henderson tells us about the origins of his hilarious …

Fiction

As always, our Fiction section contains a bit of everything – we hope there is something for everyone in our selection here… Crime and thriller fans are well looked after with new novels by Sophie Hannah, Julie Wassmer and Nicci French; new Scandi-crime with the continuation of Stieg Larssen’s millennium …

Non-Fiction

Although this issue’s non-fiction section is slightly slimmed down in terms of numbers, it’s got some pretty weighty books (literally!). There are two Oxford Companions, Fairy Tales and Wine, the gloriously illustrated Mythology by Christopher Dell, and the splendidly informative Renishaw Hall: The Story of the Sitwells by Desmond Seward. …

Reprints

As the weather gets colder and the nights get longer, you’ll want to spend more time curled up with a book – and there are (of course) some wonderful reprints to read alongside your mug of hot chocolate – or perhaps even mulled wine. There’s a bumper load of Scottish …

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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 …

Fiction

Welcome to our summer fiction selection. Our header photo features Harry helping with the books this time. To help you find your way through the reviews, they are listed alphabetically by title on your right, or we’ve grouped them by theme below. As always, there is a selection of paperback releases …

Non-Fiction

Shiny 6 has an absolutely bumper crop of non-fiction. If you love life stories, you’re going to be in your element – there are no fewer than seven of them, both autobiographies and biographies. If you enjoy living people writing about themselves, you’ve got Jon Day on his time as …