Something Happened

Something Happened, Waterstones, Book, Joseph HellerDon’t forget Inkings and Inklings has moved house!

Head over to House of Blog now to stay, and read my review of Something Happened

Something Happened by Joseph Heller

Published by Vintage

576 pages

It was the madness of war that prompted the magnificent lunacy of CATCH-22; it is the malaise of modern America which inspires SOMETHING HAPPENED – a book as stunning and as splendidly original as its predecessor.

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An Important Announcement on Inkings and Inklings

meSo you might have wondered why I’ve gone silent over the past few weeks. There were meant to be book reviews and everything!

That’s because there are big things going on in the world of Inkings and Inklings…

And because Inkings and Inklings is soon to be no more.

Or, at least, not as it is known now.

If you’ve seen some of the tweets going out lately, you’ll notice that there have been some mentions of my new #bigproject – House of Blog.

And that means that as of today, Inkings and Inklings has a new home!

The House of Blog is a place for all blogs to meet, and so this one and my other blog – The Fashion Lover – are being absorbed. House of Blog is a lot of work with big plans in place, and I couldn’t dedicate the time I would need to providing quality content for 3 separate blogs.

It is with sadness that I say farewell to Inkings and Inklings…

But with excitement that I welcome my new project!

Head over to the House of Blog now and join the House.

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To Put the Book Down or Not to Put the Book Down

Something Happened, Waterstones, Book, Joseph HellerSorry, I couldn’t resist…

So I’m ploughing my way through Something Happened by Joseph Heller. And to be truthful, this is 500-odd pages of hard freaking work.

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Is September the New New Year?

AutumnNormally I’m writing about the news in the publishing world right now. Normally, this post will have gone out on a Monday morning after being written (because I’m very organised) on a Sunday. Well, this weekend involved a wedding in the West Country and a cabaret show in London and a last-train-home situation on a Sunday night. So nothing got written. Well done me. Continue reading

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The Penelopiad

The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood, Waterstones, Book, CanongateThe Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

Canongate: paperback published 2006: 196 pages

Murder comes back to haunt you

For Penelope, wife of Odysseus, running a kingdom while her husband is off fighting the Trojan war is not a simple business. As if it isn’t bad enough that he has been lured away due to the shocking behaviour of her beautiful cousin Helen, Penelope must also bring up her wayward son, face down scandalous rumours and keep more than one hundred lustful, greedy, bloodthirsty suitors at bay… Perhaps not surprising then that it all ends in murder.

Margaret Atwood has given Penelope her own voice so that she can tell her story at last and set the record straight for good.

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A Hostage Situation

Books, The Book Thief, The Mermaid and the Drunks, Junk, The Shadow of the Wind, Melvin Burgess, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Marcus Zusak, The Day of the Triffids, The Hobbit, J.R.R Tolkien, Helen Dunmore, The Siege, Charlotte's Web, E.B White, The Diary of Anne Frank, Enid Blyton, The Magic Faraway Tree, Adriana Trigiani, Lucia Lucia, Perfume, Patrick Suskind, The Silver Sword, Counting the StarsI was listening to the BBC History Hour podcast the other day (highly recommended), and one particular story caught my imagination… Continue reading

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Guardian First Book Award longlist 2013

The awards nominations are coming thick and fast right now, and this time it’s the Guardian First Book Award longlist. The submissions (strictly first-time books, but any genre) are whittled down to the shortlist by a panel of judges: Susie Orbach, Rachel Cusk, Philip Hensher and Paul Mason and chaired by Guardian Review editor Lisa Allardice, and made up of store-based reading groups in Waterstones. The winner will be announced in November, receiving a prize of £10,000. Continue reading

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A Farewell to Arms

A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway, Vintage Classics, BookA Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

Vintage Classics: paperback published 2005: 293 pages

In 1918 Ernest Hemingway went to war. He volunteered for the ambulance service in Italy, was wounded and twice decorated. Out of this experience came A Farewell to Arms. Hemingway’s description of war is unforgettable. He recreates the fear, the comradeship, the courage of his young American volunteer, and the men and women he meets in Italy, with total conviction. But A Farewell to Arms is not only a novel of war – in it Hemingway has also created a love story of immense drama and uncompromising passion. Continue reading

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What a Way to Go: The Best Fictional Deaths

DeathIn my scribblings, there always seems to be a lot of death. And, as we all know, writing about death is never a pleasant experience. It’s notoriously difficult to write about it without stepping in to the comical, caricature death scene, or making it so dismal it’s easily forgotten. So, as inspiration for that tragic death scene, here are some of the best death scenes in fiction… Continue reading


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Not the Booker Prize 2013

Not the Booker Prize, The Guardian, MugSo if you haven’t heard of the Not the Booker Prize, here’s a quick summary for you… Not the Booker was created as a counterpoint against the Man Booker prize by The Guardian – with the same selection criteria as the Booker – but with one key aim: to be a truly democratic, all-encompassing prize. Books can be any length and any genre, and are voted for by the public.

You can read more about the Not the Booker Prize over at the Guardian website. Continue reading


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