Five Fascinating Facts about… Vita Sackville-West

Compiled by Simon Vita Sackville-West is probably best remembered today as the inamorata of Virginia Woolf or the garden designer behind Sissinghurst. Less remembered, on the whole, are her novels – though hopefully my review of The Edwardians will tempt you to give that one a read. Still less known are …

BookBuzz

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 …

Reading for Student Experiences

Written by Anna Hollingsworth Finite, enclosed spaces, power relationships, the discovery of independence, and the pursuit of knowledge: university as a backdrop offers perhaps more grand themes for novels than any other institution. The avenues the stories can take form an equal goldmine; most notably, there is the dichotomy between …

Questions for Sharon Guskin

1. The Forgetting Time is your first novel, and we understand that previously your career has been in the film world. Have you always wanted to write? Pretty much. I first started writing stories when I was in fifth grade. I was deeply engrossed in The Island of the Blue …

Make it Southeast Asian

By Sharlene Tan The part of the world that is known as Southeast Asia may include the fourth most populous nation in the world but ask the average person to name a Southeast Asian writer or novel and they might stare at you – or rave about Alex Garland’s The …

Remembering Anita

By Thomas Otto Eighteen years ago, as an American with an inexplicable, but deep-seated Anglophilia, I picked up Anita Brookner’s novel A Friend from England (1987) based on the title alone. I’m not sure what I expected, but what I found was a rather plot-less and depressing character study of …

Spotlight on Young Adult Fiction (Spring)

Selected by Jenny and Memory In each issue of Shiny New Books, Jenny and Memory highlight the most exciting young adult novels of the season. This spring, they’re perhaps a leetle bit hung up on historical fantasy, publishers being determined to release a plethora of awesome-looking titles in this vein, …

The Eds Discuss: Literary Festivals

As some of the big literary festivals kick off this year’s lit fest season, Annabel, Harriet, Simon and Victoria discuss them: The literary festival has become so omnipresent lately; are they becoming routine and formulaic? V: Thinking in terms of the Cambridge literary festival, which I’ve attended most years since …

Spotlight on Publishers: Fox, Finch & Tepper

So how did it come about that a bookshop – namely the fabulous Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath – decided to become an indie publisher as well? The desire to publish sprang from our bookselling desire to recommend titles to our customers that were no longer available. …

An Interview with Professor Janet Todd

Questions by Victoria and Harriet Throughout her long and illustrious academic career, Janet Todd has been a pioneer in women’s writing, recovering lost and neglected authors. She has written biographies of Aphra Behn and Mary Wollstonecraft and was recently General Editor of the new Cambridge nine-volume set of Jane Austen’s …

BookBuzz (Issue 9)

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 …