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‘Satirical but sweet at the same time, it’s a dazzling debut.’ The Daily Mail recommends Marianne Kavanagh’s For Once in My Life.

Writing tips from the CIA’s style manual.

Writers and e-remorse.

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Guess who’s a fan of The Rosie Project?

How shelving can save a book’s life.

‘I listen to the Velvet Underground’s “Sister Ray", over and over’: advice from writers on how to beat writer’s block.

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‘I don’t even like to write in public places’: an interview with Geoff Dyer in the White Review.

How Dungeons & Dragons has influenced a generation of writers.

Infographic: how to perfect your elevator pitch.

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‘To reinvent yourself means to live openly to life’: an interview with Tom Rachman, author of The Rise and Fall of Great Powers.

Why we need ‘ugly’ heroines.

The rules for book reviewing.

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‘Ferrante is a master of the unsayable’: the Guardian on Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan series. (Book three in the series, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, is out 24 September.)

The race to destroy priceless manuscripts as idiotically as possible.

The art of the opening sentence.

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An interview with Chris Flynn, author of The Glass Kingdom and A Tiger in Eden, recorded at Avid Reader.

Are categories like ‘immigrant fiction’ and ‘new American fiction’ valid or worthwhile?

The English language: “We will have ‘croissant’ and ‘schadenfreude’, thanks, you can have ‘hot yoga’.”

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The Guardian on Elizabeth Harrower: ‘Australia’s buried literary treasure is unearthed.’

What does it mean to cry over a book?

What is literature?

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26 excellent book dedications.

10 books that feature dogs.

I wonder what it’s like to be a housekeeper. I bet it’s really interesting and authentic, probably. My prestigious literary novel.

‘The Man, The Writer, and His Cigarette’: photos of male authors posing with cigarettes, recreated.

Jeff Bezos
Believed he was Jesos

A blogger is drinking his way through every drink mentioned in a Pynchon novel.

Infographic: the 16 punctuation marks, in order of how much they do.

A facsimile of the very first rhyming dictionary, originally produced in 1570.

5 of the best literary frenemy pairings.

Do You Know What Would Be Very Sad? So Many Things; Let’s List Them All
Every Irish novel ever.

London’s lovely literary benches.

Bloggers love Paula Weston's Shimmer!


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Paula Weston’s Rephaim series has been widely praised by bloggers, and the third book in the series, Shimmer, is no exception.

‘Beautiful writing, witty dialogue, badass characters and an intense and richly crafted tale, what else can you ask for?’ says Melanie of YA Midnight Reads. ‘If you want an angel series that will blow your mind away, this is the one. Now, I only have one question: where’s book 4?’

‘I have been dying to get my hands on the 3rd book of the Rephaim series ever since Haze officially turned the Rephaim series into my favourite angel series ever,’ says Nomes of inkcrush. ‘The tension is palpable and the pacing is sharp making Shimmer the most fierce and kick-arse book in the series so far…I haven’t been this pumped for a series since those early Hunger Games days.’

‘Paula Weston is the queen of cliff-hanger endings, and this one’s going to blow your mind!’ says Shaheen of Speculating on SpecFic. ‘I have absolutely loved reading Shimmer, and can’t praise the Rephaim series highly enough.’

Paula Weston has a guest post up today on Kids' Book Review, about YA series.

Shimmer is available now in bookshops and online.