L’Ultima Volta at the Pisa Book Festival

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Delighted to be at the Pisa Book Festival this weekend to celebrate publication of L’Ultima Volta (Gone Again) by my wonderful Italian publisher Casa Sirio. I’ll also be doing events at Nuova Avventura in Marina di Carrara and Lettera 22 in Viareggio. Ciao!

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Location and the Writer

Here I am in the Royal Literary Fund podcast talking about tackling Edinburgh in my fiction. Also in this week’s podcast are Kathleen Jones and Catherine O’Flynn.

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Desert Island Books @ Portobello Book Fest

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This should be a lot of fun. I’m appearing at my local book festival on Saturday talking about favourite books and music. Tickets are free from Porty Library but apparently going fast.

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Saturday Live on Radio Four

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So I’m going to be on Saturday Live on Radio Four this weekend, 9am. Really looking forward to it!

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Bloody Scotland this weekend

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So it’s Bloody Scotland festival in Stirling this weekend, and I’m doing  a few things:

Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers are playing, 10pm Friday. Tickets here.

Scotland v England Football Match, 2pm Saturday, free to watch and laugh.

Come Hell or High Concept, 7pm Saturday. Tickets here. This is with Gordon Brown and Will Carver, talking about high concept fiction, which none of us know anything about.

Crime at the Coo, 9pm Saturday. This is sold out, I’m afraid. I’ll be playing some tunes most likely.

Come and find me somewhere!

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FAULT LINES 99c on American Kobo

American pals! FAULT LINES is only 99c on yer Kobo for the next few days. Enjoy!

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Big Issue Book Reviews

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In the last four months I’ve reviewed these books in The Big Issue magazine:
 
Kem Nunn, Tapping the Source (No Exit)
Ambrose Parry, The Way of All Flesh (Canongate)
Cixin Liu, Ball Lightning (Head of Zeus)
S.J. Morden, One Way (Gollancz)
Sayaka Murata, Convenience Store Woman (Portobello)
Spencer Wise, The Emperor of Shoes (No Exit)
Megan Abbott, Give Me Your Hand (Picador)
Michael Redhill, Bellevue Square (No Exit)
Martyn Waites, The Old Religion (Bonnier Zaffre)
Steve Cavanagh, Thirteen (Orion)
Nick Drnaso, Sabrina (Granta)
Tim Winton, The Shepherd’s Hut (Picador)
Malachy Tallack, The Valley at the Centre of the World (Canongate)
Amanda Jennings, The Cliff House (HQ)
Margo Jefferson, On Michael Jackson (Granta)
Michael Chabon, Pops (4th Estate)
 
Sadly, due to their website’s idiosyncrasies, many of the reviews aren’t up there. Anyhow, here’s one, for Sayaka Murata’s Convenience Store Woman, which is astonishing and weird and unique. (p.s. I’m aware there are many more male writers than female in this list, but my reviews are gender balanced over the year.)
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