Abby Corson: How I got into the mindset of a seventy-three-year-old man.Hector Harrow is an almost-retired hotel concierge from Yorkshire who likes to drink tea and do newspaper puzzles in his cosy cottage. For me, he was the perfect protagonist for my murder mystery.Read more
Why Teach? By Yumna KassabI never meant to be a teacher. I, in fact, categorically 100% in no absolute way wanted to teach. My complete prejudice was the result of an adult ...Read more
Beauty is Only Skin Deep by Shankari ChandranMy name is Shankari Nadanachandran, and I am a lawyer, a writer, and a mother of four. I am 47 years old. My body has grown older as it’s supposed ...Read more
Me and Nature by Sophie CunninghamMy need to get a sense of the physical landscape my characters have lived in and walked on is both a joy and affliction. In the case of my latest ...Read more
Don’t Ignore Ideas That Turn Up in the Bath by Zoë CoyleI am heavily pregnant, seven and a half months, with my first child sitting in a bathtub. The tub is in a tiny, rented cottage in the hills above F...Read more
How My Wedding Dress Inspired My Crime Novel by Aoife CliffordI am a chatty bookseller. I love to talk to customers about their choices, what they have been reading and introduce them to a new favourite book a...Read more
My 'Coming of Age' Book Recommendations by Kira McPhersonThe Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald, about the highly relatable journey of becoming the 18th-century German poet Novalis. Every Penelope Fitzger...Read more
What NOT to Say to Someone Who is Grieving by Natasha ShollI was in my early 20s when my partner Rob died suddenly and unexpectedly. As I grappled with the loss, I was told to be grateful for the time we ha...Read more
Personal Connection to the Novel by Shankari ChandranRead more
What makes a novel interesting? By Diana ReidAs a phone-addict who came of age in the attention-economy, I’m painfully aware that novels demand an archaic amount of focus. Readers have to give...Read more
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