Around the Web – Some Bookish Links

We hope that this will become a regular feature at Shiny New Books. There are so many wonderful bookish articles, posts and reviews around the web – in addition to those appearing on our own pages – that we thought we’d share some of those that have caught our eye with you.  Shiny Ed Annabel gets the ball rolling:

WatchmakerThe Empress’s New Clothes. 

This article for Bookanista by Natasha Pulley, the author of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street (reviewed here) gives some fascinating background to one of the real events/locations in the book – the Japanese Village at the Great Exhibition of 1885 in Hyde Park.

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A Teen Reads Books by Youtubers.

Books by young adult youtubers and vloggers abound these days. In this post for We Love This Book teen reviewer Amy explains that they have such influence, even the books that aren’t quite what they seemed (e.g. Zoella’s Girl Online) can have an influence and get teens reading more.

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first bad manMiranda July: ‘To call my work quirky is to say I’m a little girl’

A debut novel by an established short story author, The First Bad Man by Miranda July is a book which got lots of positive critical attention when first published in February by Canongate. We managed to miss it then, and now it is out in paperback. This interview with the author in the Irish Times is both fascinating and an object lesson for anyone who dares to use the word ‘quirky’ [noted! – Ed].

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jellyfishDouble links for Scottish author Janice Galloway, whose latest short story collection is reviewed for us here.

The Drama of the Mind: A Profile of Janice Galloway — Victoria Best
Shiny Ed Victoria has written an in depth profile of Galloway for web magazine Numéro Cinq.

No Definition Required: Janice Galloway on Jellyfish
Janice Galloway talks about her new book of short stories, Jellyfish for The Skinny. From David Lodge to parenthood, a Muriel Spark work she disliked to her ‘anti-memoir’, via thoughts of whether people reading in bed are naked or not, it’s a great interview.

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am i normal yetHolly Bourne on Five Rules for Writing about Mental Health in YA books

YA author Holly Bourne gives writing tips for dealing with mental health issues in novels for teens. Her new novel Am I Normal Yet deals with OCD and relapse in a student who goes to a new college, but also friendship and feminism.

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Ford Madox Ford: as scary as HP Lovecraft?

I never thought for a moment that there could be links between Lovecraft’s Cthulhu stories and Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier! Well think again and enjoy Ned Beauman’s piece for the Guardian Books page (Ned’s novel Glow was reviewed in issue 2 of Shiny – see here).

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kautharBeing Both

We’re big fans of the Peirene Press at Shiny. The indie publishing house’s founder Meike Ziervogel talks to Bookanista about her dual roles as publisher and author as her fourth novel Kauthar is published by Salt this month.

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Go set a watchmanA Personal Take on Go Set a Watchman

Ursula K. Le Guin’s review of Go Set a Watchman (see Harriet’s here) contains real insights into the novel and it’s so-beloved descendant. (Thanks to Claire Boyle for spotting this one.)

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That’s it for this issue. Do tweet us @shinynewbooks or email us info@shinynewbooks.co.uk with any bookish links you think we might enjoy.

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