192 posts about books on this blog
Friday 22 March 2013, 12:11
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.
Friday 15 March 2013, 16:58
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.
Tuesday 5 March 2013, 14:30
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.
Sunday 3 March 2013, 09:00
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.
Wednesday 27 February 2013, 13:43
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.
Friday 22 February 2013, 11:28
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.
Tuesday 19 February 2013, 15:13
Sorry if some of this sounds faintly hysterical and full of a thinly-veiled desperation... only I'm writing a novel.
Wednesday 6 February 2013, 15:09
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.
Friday 1 February 2013, 09:00
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.
Friday 14 December 2012, 14:26
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.
Friday 14 December 2012, 13:59
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.
Thursday 6 December 2012, 15:28
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.
Friday 23 November 2012, 16:50
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.
Wednesday 14 November 2012, 15:46
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.
Friday 26 October 2012, 11:35
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.
Thursday 4 October 2012, 16:47
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.
Tuesday 25 September 2012, 13:51
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.
Friday 21 September 2012, 11:10
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.
Friday 7 September 2012, 15:17
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.
Thursday 30 August 2012, 11:04
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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