Hello lovely people! It has been a shamefully long time since I posted here and for that I sincerely apologise. However, on returning to the world of blogging, I bring an interview with the fantastic Laura Barnett, author of The Versions of Us which has become an instant bestseller. If you haven’t got your copy yet, then I’m not sure where you’ve been because this book has been gracing review pages and shop windows galore so it should be on your radar! Who better to describe it that its own author…? Continue reading Franny interviews Laura Barnett, author of THE VERSIONS OF US!
Last week, I hit London Book Fair for an intense couple of days of meetings, seminars, over-priced lunches and plenty of fun. As we entered the afternoon of the fair’s final day, attendees were treated to a half-day conference on Literary Festivals. But who knew that these sessions would soon descend into such fiery behaviour? This, ladies and gents, was the place to be for controversial talk. I wrote the following article for Book2Book but I’d love to hear what you think. Is there really any question about paying authors to appear at festivals? I invite you to be the jury… Continue reading Why are we STILL questioning author pay?
This week has been another busy one. After a whirlwind trip to Ronnie Scott’s London, Brussels & Maastricht at the weekend, I’ve been trying to catch up on sleep – but with so much going on, even that has been a trial! I was devastated when severe train delays meant that I was prevented from attending the #Station11 launch party, so I’m afraid I have no post for you there. BUT last night I was able to make it into London for the Unbound & Canongate launch party for LISTS OF NOTE. A beautiful book that I desperately want to own in physical format – it’s gorgeous! But with only digital copies available for review and the pennies in my pocket few and far between at the moment, I was only able to gaze at it lovingly. Unfortunately, Perks has been poorly this week so she was unable to make it but luckily my boyfriend took up the mantle and accompanied me to The Groucho Club in Soho. The following post will be on Book2Book this morning but here’s your priority access, exclusive to Franny & Perks readers! Enjoy…
‘You don’t want to read it, Frank’ said Emma’s mum to Emma’s dad who had passed by the proofs of Animals and expressed an interest in reading it – this has to be the best ‘review’ of Emma Jane Unsworth’s latest book – a tale that explores female friendship in all its gloriously wild extremes, and one which formed the subject of the inaugural ELLE Book Club last night. Continue reading ELLE Book Club – Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth
I cannot believe almost a week has gone by since Eimear McBride was announced as the winner of the first Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2014. What a night.
I think most of my friends and family would testify that I am a big fan of parties. I’m not talking ‘let’s-go-on-the-lash-and-get-horendously-wasted-and-embarrass-ourselves’ party (though it’s important to have a few of those for life experience…right?), I’m talking a well-organised, slick event, where all requirements are catered for and all expectations exceeded. Having left the Durham University environment last summer, where balls and formals were a regular part of my weekly schedule, I soon realised that publishing was the perfect industry to enter in order to continue enjoying such events. However, no book launch or reading had ever quite matched the grandeur I so enjoyed, so when I received an invite to the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction awards party, ‘excited’ simply doesn’t cover it. Continue reading Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction Awards Ceremony
Despite its recent successes – winning the inaugural Goldsmiths prize, shortlisted for the Folio Prize and a current contender for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction – A Girl is a Half-formed Thing has not been universally well received. Heralded as ‘virtuosic’, ‘remarkable’ and ‘unique’ but simultaneously ‘pretentious’, ‘challenging’ and ‘incomprehensible’, I remained unsure as to what to expect from such a divisive novel.
Following the stream of consciousness of an anonymous young girl, the reader is pulled into a fractured narrative, physically distressed by its content. Driven by the familial relationship between sister and brother – the latter always referred to as ‘you’ – and the effect that his brain tumour has on her life and decisions, the story reaches out and pulls the reader into an intimate and viscerally tormented experience. Continue reading A Girl is a Half-formed Thing – Eimear McBride
Imagine the concept of global pandemic visualised in Contagion meets survival narrative of The Hunger Games, throw in a set of seemingly different yet fatefully connected characters and you have Station Eleven. Moving between the outbreak of Georgia Flu and the lives of fragmented and vulnerable survivors twenty years later, Station Eleven is an addictive read which forms a welcome addition to the multitude of books and films that explore human instinct and survival in the face of catastrophic events. Continue reading Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel