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192 posts about Books on this blog

  1. Professor revisits 1902 bestseller for modern audiences

    Friday 22 March 2013, 12:11

    Polly March Polly March

    The work of Welsh novelist Allen Raine, so popular in the latter part of the 19th century, has largely been forgotten over time. Although written off as romances by publishers in the years after her initial popularity, her 11 novels possess all the ingredients of a really gripping read.

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  2. Children's writers to descend on Cardiff

    Friday 15 March 2013, 16:58

    Polly March Polly March

    Next week sees Cardiff hosting some of the younger generation's favourite authors and characters as the city's first-ever literature festival specifically for children gets underway.

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  3. Life at the literary coalface: chapter three

    Tuesday 5 March 2013, 14:30

    Phil Rickman Phil Rickman

    Another bad week on the book. Not enough words on the page... again. This time you could say it's my own fault. Can't leave things alone, see. Particularly the bitterly controversial issue of books covers.

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  4. Arthur Machen, the first modern horror writer

    Sunday 3 March 2013, 09:00

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    For a brief period at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, Arthur Machen was one of the most significant writers in the country.

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  5. Life at the literary coalface: chapter two

    Wednesday 27 February 2013, 13:43

    Phil Rickman Phil Rickman

    Just over two months to go to the Deadline from Hell. I've been given till the end of April to finish a novel, set in Hay-on-Wye, to get it into this year's autumn schedules, and it's hard going. It always is.

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  6. Author breathes new life into father's forgotten manuscript

    Friday 22 February 2013, 11:28

    Polly March Polly March

    When the best-selling Welsh writer Stead Jones died suddenly in his sleep 30 years ago, it left his wife and young daughters devastated. At the time his various notes and unfinished manuscripts were squirrelled away in wooden chest for safekeeping, not to be looked at for decades.

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  7. Life at the literary coalface: chapter one

    Tuesday 19 February 2013, 15:13

    Phil Rickman Phil Rickman

    Sorry if some of this sounds faintly hysterical and full of a thinly-veiled desperation... only I'm writing a novel.

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  8. Writer Owen Sheers on his time as the Welsh Rugby Union artist in residence

    Wednesday 6 February 2013, 15:09

    Polly March Polly March

    It has been over a year since the novelist and poet Owen Sheers rolled up his sleeves and ventured forth into the world of rucks, mauls, Ralgex and national heroes.

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  9. Alexander Cordell - a view of Wales

    Friday 1 February 2013, 09:00

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    It would not be stretching things too far to suggest that many people living outside Wales formed their initial opinions of the country – and possibly still do - from reading the historical novels of Alexander Cordell.

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  10. New book showcases Cardiff Before Cardiff photography

    Friday 14 December 2012, 14:26

    Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain

    A new book tells the story of an intriguing discovery of photography of Cardiff from the late 1970s and early 1980s, which has ultimately led to the reuniting of a father and daughter.

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  11. Could you be the next Shelfstarter?

    Friday 14 December 2012, 13:59

    Phil Rickman Phil Rickman

    Just two more programmes to go in the current series of Phil the Shelf, and we're turning them into a double opportunity for new writers.

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  12. The perils of e-publishing, and sockpuppet reviews

    Thursday 6 December 2012, 15:28

    Phil Rickman Phil Rickman

    Earlier this year we did a Phil the Shelf about how publishers were losing their iron grip on writers' careers because writers could publish their own work as ebooks. Publishers, though few will admit it, are still sweating but nothing is as it seems, and writers are far from confident.

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  13. Discovering fantasy fiction - and enjoying it

    Friday 23 November 2012, 16:50

    Phil Rickman Phil Rickman

    No question, doing a long-running book programme can really widen your shelves. You find yourself reading stuff you normally wouldn't go near, and enjoying it more than you could ever have imagined. Chicklit, for example. Surprising what blokes can learn from chicklit.

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  14. Self publishing? Get some expert advice from Phil the Shelf

    Wednesday 14 November 2012, 15:46

    Phil Rickman Phil Rickman

    Things move fast in the book world these days. When we finished the last series of Phil the Shelf in the summer, it was all leather belts and bondage. Now, at number one in the e-book charts is a love story about pensioners, written by a granny.

     

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  15. Castle owner hopes to inspire new generation of Woolfs, Sassoons and Shaws

    Friday 26 October 2012, 11:35

    Polly March Polly March

    Its stunning setting has set creative juices flowing for centuries and now Manorbier Castle near Tenby could become the source of inspiration for a new wave of authors and poets.

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  16. "If you like Harry Potter, you will hate this book"

    Thursday 4 October 2012, 16:47

    Phil Rickman Phil Rickman

    This is one of those weeks when you can understand why JK Rowling doesn't like to read what people are writing about her. "If you like Harry Potter you will hate this book," says one reader. And obviously there's an element of truth here, especially if you're only 11.

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  17. Tickets to go on sale for first Penarth Book Festival

    Tuesday 25 September 2012, 13:51

    Polly March Polly March

    Next month Penarth will enjoy its first-ever book festival, and there will be a big focus on children's books and engaging young people in reading and writing.

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  18. Are Welsh publishers interested in historical fiction?

    Friday 21 September 2012, 11:10

    Phil Rickman Phil Rickman

    Doing a gig at the PENfro Book Festival, near Cardigan, last weekend, I was asked if I knew that Welsh publishers just weren't interested in historical fiction.

    Well, no, I didn't, really, and I'm still not sure how true that is.

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  19. Policeman hopes to emulate Harry Potter success

    Friday 7 September 2012, 15:17

    Polly March Polly March

    It's enough to make anyone green with envy - a 32-year-old police sergeant who has never written before tries his hand at penning a children's book in his spare time, sends it off to a publisher on a whim, and lands a five book deal.

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  20. Not lost - just hiding in cyberspace

    Thursday 30 August 2012, 11:04

    Phil Rickman Phil Rickman

    We sneered at it for years; not any more. Self-publishing, if not exactly cool, has become something that no professional writer can afford to dismiss.

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