Humans are a musical species. Or so argued the British neurologist, humanist and author, Oliver Sacks, in his book, Musicophilia. Sacks, who passed away in August 2015, liked to explore some of the brains weirdest and most wonderful pathways, using his patients’ case studies as starting points for ‘eloquent meditations on consciousness and the human … Continue reading Writing: Of Music and Minds
Editors are editors because they want to be - they're not going to berate you for your typos or ding your manuscript over a bad simile. They might, however, pause if they discover any of these really, really, really, irksome traits.
I love books. No surprises there. But what I love about them is not just their stories or even the writer's way with words. It's the physical thing. The words set in ink or pixels, the weight in my hands, the breath as I start a new page. There is something marvellous about books, they … Continue reading Unbound: All I Want For #CrowdfundChristmas
Time Magazine might have thought it popped up by surprise, but in reality Amazon’s first physical bookstore has been a long time coming. Yes, you read that right. Amazon’s first physical bookstore. To be exact, they’ve opened a 5,500-square-foot bookstore, carrying a not-that-impressive 5,000 to 6,000 titles with 15 employees under the direction of Amazon … Continue reading Amazon Killed the Bookstore, Long Live the Bookstore
I would recommend Career of Evil to any crime fan, but if you're looking for the goofy and sly satirical plot of the previous two novels, that's not what you'll find here. This is Robert Galbraith at "his" most fiendish and entertaining.
As a twentysomething, I often feel as if I am 'in training to be a heroine' like Jane Austen's Catherine Morland. Because even though I know there's no real narrative to any life outside of books, there's still a part of me searching ... after all if I'm not the heroine in my own life then what's the bloody point?
I’ve always found the best talks answer only enough questions to make you ask more. In spite of the ‘folk science’ element to what was said at ‘Good Psychopath, Really?’, a talk by Professor Kevin Dutton and author Andy McNab, the ideas definitely shoved me far enough away from my baseline to give me a space-eyed … Continue reading Are You A Psychopath? Are You Sitting Next To One?
Splinter the Silence is a timely psychological thriller with an unusual emphasis on characterisation. Looking at online abuse and trolling, Val McDermid's power of observation and journalistic talent is close to its best in the latest Tony Hill and Carol Jordan instalment.
Ah the catcall – the unsolicited dick-pick made IRL. Every time a catcaller opens their mouth, it’s tempting to put a gun in it. I've avoided writing about it until now, but I'm beginning to realise that unless everyone is talking about the issue - no one is going to listen. This post may be NSFW.
Spending the weekend out of London to look after the family dog, my plan was also to spend some quality time writing. But despite the perfect timing, the endless hours to myself, I hit the writing wall. So instead of watching Netflix all day, I thought I'd write a blog about it and why spending time not writing is not always a bad thing.