“History of Wolves”

Emily Fridlund's book, "History of Wolves" is good in many ways: well written, a slightly off-beat story, a narrative that draws you in and keeps you tied to it. It's nowhere near a 'whodunit' - it's not that genre - but it does keep you thinking that something is about to turn up / happen … Continue reading “History of Wolves”

Writing Diary – update

Way ahead of schedule, so great progress! Update 18th April: Novel - "An Infinity of Mirrors": proof copy arrived, awaiting final review Short Story collection - "Degrees of Separation": draft finished; proof copy to be ordered Poetry - "After the Rehearsals": draft finished; proof copy ordered and awaiting delivery I can now think about planning … Continue reading Writing Diary – update

Detachment (a draft)

“When we found them initially, hopping around in a lab homely & ungainly & quite ordinary, it seemed their behaviours were written into genes like automatons - though that may not be the perfect analogy. or Animals, surely. The defenceless victims of our increasingly elaborate experiments. Small, furry, the kind of four-legged friend that you … Continue reading Detachment (a draft)

“Midwinter Break”

It is perhaps unfortunate that I read "Midwinter Break" after "Lincoln in the Bardo". Having said that, perhaps any 'conventional' novel was always going to feel a little dull and uninspired after "Bardo"... Bernard MacLaverty's book is a perfectly well-written and competent novel. The pictures he paints of the two protagonists are comprehensive enough, and … Continue reading “Midwinter Break”

Announcing new titles!

Coverstory books is pleased to be able to announce the following titles and their projected release dates: "An Infinity of Mirrors" - planned publication date, 21st May 2018 Given his profession as a Historian, it was inevitable that Mark would find himself one day writing the biography of his late father, the acclaimed author Charles … Continue reading Announcing new titles!

Writing Diary – update

Update 7th April: Great progress! "An Infinity of Mirrors" as before. Short story collection: now >140 pages in and just two stories left. Should reach the 160 page target draft by the 15th April. Revision then through May with a revised publication & launch reading at the end of June. Narrative poem: draft complete. Revision … Continue reading Writing Diary – update

“Lincoln in the Bardo” (2)

In the end, I really liked George Saunders' "Lincoln in the Bardo". It's easy to see why it tempted the Booker judges with its vibrancy, pace and structure. Especially its pace. But I liked it more as a writer than as a reader. I think what Saunders has done here is to open up form … Continue reading “Lincoln in the Bardo” (2)

Writing Diary – update

Update 1st April: "Mirrors" re-edit is now complete and I am awaiting my proof copy. The book will be republished as "An Infinity of Mirrors" on or before 21st May 2018. Short story collection: now 120 pages in and five stories left. Aiming to reach the 160 page target draft by the end of April … Continue reading Writing Diary – update