Monthly Archives: February 2013

My review of Marry Me by Dan Rhodes

Here’s my review of Dan Rhodes’ Marry Me (Canongate) in the Independent on Sunday. It appeared two weeks ago, but I didn’t notice. I LOVED this book. Full of nasty, hilarious, dry weirdness. I read some stories out to my … Continue reading

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My review of Mimi by Lucy Ellmann

OK so, my review of Lucy Ellmann’s Mimi (Bloomsbury) appeared in the Independent on Sunday at the weekend there. It’s a kind of feminist romantic comedy, I guess. With plenty of bite. A lot of nice writing and very funny … Continue reading

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The first handful of reviews for GONE AGAIN – folks are going daft over it!

Aye so, I might have mentioned once or twice that my new novel, GONE AGAIN, is out 7th March. Anyway, proving that bloggers are always ahead of the game, no less than FOUR of them slung up reviews of the … Continue reading

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Northern Alliance – 4 albums – pay what you like – spread the word

I was/am in a band called Northern Alliance, along with Craig Smith and Viv Todd. Between 2003 and 2007 we released four albums, some of them on Fence Records, all of which got some very nice reviews, and went down … Continue reading

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My review of How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti

Here is my review of Sheila Heti’s How Should a Person Be? that appeared in The Scotsman recently. As you’ll see from my review, it was a pretty strange book – at times horribly pretentious, other times oddly profound. Either … Continue reading

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My review of The Last Days of Detroit by Mark Binelli

Here is my review of Mark Binelli’s excellent The Last Days of Detroit (The Bodley Head), which appeared in the Big Issue magazine a while back, but has only recently made it online. Thought this was a fantastic piece of … Continue reading

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The World Cup for Writers on Radio 4

Here is a brilliant, brilliant half-hour Radio 4 documentary made by Joe Dunthorne about the England Writers Football Team’s visit to play the Scotland Writers Football Team in December. Sure I’ve mentioned it once or twice, but I was playing … Continue reading

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