Thursday, 21 February 2019

THE ARROW OF APOLLO reaches 100 %

Apollo and Sarpedon
Some good news: THE ARROW OF APOLLO, my children's book based on Greek myth, has reached 100 % of its funding target with Unbound. I'm absolutely delighted, and can't wait to see the finished product, which will be a beautiful hardback.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed and shared.

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Late in the Day by Tessa Hadley

I've reviewed Tessa Hadley's fine new novel, Late in the Day, for The Independent.

Previous reviews I've written of Hadley's novels: The Past for The Independent on Sunday

The London Train for The Financial Times

Married Love for The Spectator

Friday, 1 February 2019

The Arrow of Apollo hits 90 %

"Apollo pursuing Daphne" by Tiepolo
Some good news from the crowdfunding wars: "The Arrow of Apollo" is now 92 % funded. This has been a long, slow journey, and now it's almost there. To celebrate, I'll be regularly posting paintings of Apollo over on Twitter and Tumblr. 

You can read more about The Arrow of Apollo on the Unbound website, here. 

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Dream Sequence by Adam Foulds: Review

I've reviewed Adam Foulds' latest novel, Dream Sequence for The Spectator. (Many years ago I reviewed his marvellous The Quickening Maze for Literary Review.)

Thursday, 27 December 2018

Interview with Hilary McKay on Books for Keeps

I caught up with author Hilary McKay, talking about her Costa-shortlisted book, The Skylarks' War for Books for Keeps. Read the interview here.

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Writers Review: Reading Ahead

I was asked to give a little paragraph on what I'm looking forward to reading by Writers Review. Here it is.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Christmas Children's Books for Literary Review

My children's book round up for Literary Review is in the December / January issue. This year I've reviewed a selection of compelling and beautiful tales: Celia Rees's The Glass Town Wars; Kenneth Oppel's Inkling; Katherine Rundell's Into the Jungle; Kevin Crossley-Holland's Between Worlds; Anthony McGowan's Lark; Lucy Strange's Our Castle by the Sea; and Brian Wildsmith's two picture books about Christmas.