I was delighted this morning to discover a review of The Waves Burn Bright in the latest issue of Gutter (issue 15). I hadn’t had a chance to open my copy since getting back to Japan and had a flick through while taking a break from editing and was not only surprised but really quite movedContinue reading “The Waves Burn Bright – Gutter Review”
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Looking Forward to The Waves Burn Bright
I was very pleased to wake up this morning to the news that the lovely people at the Scottish Book Trust have included The Waves Burn Bright in their list of novels to look forward to in 2016. Considering there’s new work from James Kelman, A L Kennedy and Irvine Welsh, and debuts from Helen Sedgwick andContinue reading “Looking Forward to The Waves Burn Bright”
Reviews: Amy Yamada and Simon Sylvester
As part of the Japan Times ‘Essential Reading for Japanophiles’ series, I’ve taken a look at controversial writer Amy Yamada’s Bedtime Eyes. It’s in the paper today (Sunday 13th December) and online here. My review of Simon Sylvester’s The Visitors from Gutter 13 has also just snuck online here.
Sex, Drugs, Rock n Noir
Two posts in one week? Blog posts are like buses: they’re big and red and have wheels and seats and some of them bend in the middle. Or something. Roz Morris, host of the Undercover Soundtrack blog, very kindly asked me to write a piece for her site on how music influences, informs andContinue reading “Sex, Drugs, Rock n Noir”
Blank Pages, Kind Words, Publisher of the Year
The year is winding down which means in Japan the temperature has dropped at least ten degrees overnight and the hot-water bottles have come out of storage. The Japanese claim to have four seasons but really spring and autumn are just transitional periods between an insanely hot and humid summer and a winter colder thanContinue reading “Blank Pages, Kind Words, Publisher of the Year”
Review: ‘The Mouse Deer Kingdom’ by Chiew-Siah Tei
Exile and Immigration The Mouse Deer Kingdom Chiew-Siah Tei Picador, RRP £8.99, 374pp Chiew-Siah Tei’s first novel, Little Hut of Leaping Fishes, followed the rise of Chai Mingzhi from small boy to learned Mandarin during the later Qing period (late 19th Century). The book climaxes when the Boxer Rebellion forces Chai, his sister, his niece andContinue reading “Review: ‘The Mouse Deer Kingdom’ by Chiew-Siah Tei”
The Wasting Embers
So. Here is the news. My debut novel, The Wasting Embers, is to be published by the lovely people at Freight Books sometime next year. Needless to say I am quite ridiculously excited about this and keeping it secret while the usual legal negotiations were underway was one of the most difficult things I’ve everContinue reading “The Wasting Embers”
Publish and Be Damned.
It’s been a busy few weeks for homing pigeons sent by editors and judges. In the negative column came: – The Dundee International Book Prize: shortlisted but not final listed. – From Glasgow To Saturn: flash fiction about a fight caused by a pub quiz machine. – Asimov’s for my post-apocalyptic sci-fi story, my firstContinue reading “Publish and Be Damned.”