I’ve mentioned Metropolis Magazine a few times in these posts. It’s a Tokyo based English language magazine I do some freelance writing for, most recently an article about Rita Taketsuru. Metropolis is that rare thing in Japan, a magazine aimed at ex-pats that is worth reading. Some of them are little more than a collectionContinue reading “In Person”
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Shiny New Books Review
My first review since the Not The Booker mauling has been posted online and I’m relieved to see it’s a good one. I particularly like it because it’s the first one to look at the prose rather than just the story. Anyone who has been reading this blog for a while will know my thoughts onContinue reading “Shiny New Books Review”
First Time Solo, The Making Of …
Another four star review has come in, this time from the lovely people at Our Book Review Online, and you can read it here. In addition, they asked me to write a guest post introducing First Time Solo. I decided to explain something about the initial inspiration and wider themes of the book and you canContinue reading “First Time Solo, The Making Of …”
London Jazz News Review
Another review has come in, this time from the London Jazz News. For First Time Solo I had to do a lot of research into the music of the era. I love jazz, but before FTS I tended to listen to artists from the 1950s and 60s so I took a crash course in all things NatContinue reading “London Jazz News Review”
Book of the Week
On Saturday, my hometown paper the Press & Journal, ran the following piece on First Time Solo and made it their book of the week over Haruki Murakami’s Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Year of Pilgrimage. Which is nice. You can read it online here.
Talk About The Passion
I know, I’ve been a bit quiet recently. Partly I’ve been recovering from (read: trying unsuccessfully to lose weight gained / liver damage sustained on) my book tour but I’ve also been cerebellum deep in research for what will hopefully become novel three (going by published books, not by drafted books – this will beContinue reading “Talk About The Passion”
First Press Review
The first press review is in thanks to The Skinny, who have given it four out of five stars, saying “Maloney’s debut is navigated with compassion, humour and grace. Let’s hope that his First Time Solo is not his last.” You can read the full review here.
I’m back in Japan after the whirlwind that was the First Time Solo book tour. I’ll post properly about that when my head stops spinning but in the meantime here’s a nice piece from the Edinburgh Reporter on the Edinburgh launch. [Correction – I never said I was influenced by Alan Moore. I’ve never readContinue reading “First Press”
This Too Shall Pass
Halfway through the book tour, waiting to fly to Belfast for the next event (Saturday 31st at 4pm, No Alibis Books since you ask). I’ll do a proper post once I stop moving and get a minute to think but it has been fantastic so far – meeting old friends and new, selling books, buyingContinue reading “This Too Shall Pass”
5 a day and a studio of one’s own.
Four hours from now (as I write) I will launch my novel First Time Solo at Waterstones in Aberdeen. I’ve seen people like Iain Banks, Janice Galloway and Alan Spence read there and I’m still finding it hard to believe I’ll be doing the same today. I’m cacking myself. Luckily a well-timed email from MetropolisContinue reading “5 a day and a studio of one’s own.”