See in 2018 in the best way possible – as a family! If you’re fed up of trying to find a babysitter AND paying out for one to work on New Year’s Eve, don’t panic! This list has nailed the best events for adults and kids alike! https://www.familiesonline.co.uk/things-to-do/places-to-go-guide/places-to-go-this-new-years-eve New Year, new blank canvas, new writer! This is the most EXOTIC list of writing courses I have ever read! From the Aegean to Zanzibar, pick one of a host of amazing destinations to unleash your inner scribe in 2018! https://thewritelife.com/writing-retreats/ Ten books to treasure in 2018 There’s never enough time to read all the books we want so best earmark some of these beauties right now for that much-deserved summer break http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/art-books-music/g13787875/best-new-books-2018/
I put this literary misquotations quiz on my Facebook page and got a lot of fun comments so here it is again. Can you get the wrong lines right? https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jul/19/literary-misquotations-quiz-can-you-get-the-wrong-lines-right As a big fan of Game of Thrones, I found this really interesting: Drama Queens – why it’s all about women and power on screen right now https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jul/22/game-of-thrones-handmaids-tale-wonder-woman-female-power We have all bad eating days – even Queen Victoria fell foul of Chicken Curry! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/chicken-curry-much-booze-everything-need-know-queen-victorias/
Have you always wanted to read more, a LOT more? Get on track to get through more than fifty books a year with these wonderful tips. https://hbr.org/2017/02/8-ways-to-read-a-lot-more-books-this-year An interesting and timely review of a Generation of Sociopaths by Jane Smiley – a top read if you want to know why Donald Trump might ruin the world! https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/may/17/generation-sociopaths-review-trump-baby-boomers-ruined-world Books to read now as selected by the Financial Times https://www.ft.com/content/582f7ed6-36fe-11e7-bce4-9023f8c0fd2e
Unpublished letters reveal from Sylvia Plath alleged Ted Hughes beat her two days before she miscarried their second child and that Hughes wanted her dead. The two accusations are among explosive claims in unseen correspondence written in the bitter aftermath of one of literature’s most famous and destructive marriages. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/apr/11/unseen-sylvia-plath-letters-claim-domestic-abuse-by-ted-hughes Lena Dunham on ‘Girls’, gender politics and growing up One of the world’s most famous — and outspoken — millennials talks about Trump’s America and life beyond the show that made her famous https://www.ft.com/content/aeef5ada-1eb6-11e7-b7d3-163f5a7f229c It’s that time of year again – time to plan a much-needed holiday – but why not try a holiday with literary benefits? http://www.cntraveller.com/recommended/itineraries/the-best-learning-holidays/page/writing-holidays
Here are a few interesting links that I thought you might enjoy. Is it way past time you finished that novel you’ve been carrying around in your head? Try this article for inspiration! https://www.theguardian.com/books/ng-interactive/2017/mar/20/how-to-finish-a-novel-tracking-book-progress-wyl-menmuir Peter Swanson, author of The Kind Worth Killing describes his perfect reader perfectly! ‘They have no gender or age, but they are in for the night, and looking to get lost in, and maybe a little scared by, a book.’ Sounds good to me! https://www.ft.com/content/e9c39ac4-f529-11e6-95ee-f14e55513608 An interesting and timely read? I think so: Margaret Atwood on what The Handmaid’s Tale means in the Age of Trump http://nyti.ms/2mo9wkr If you have any interesting links you would like to share, just let me know!
A festive treats for you! Whether you are looking for something to read, want to escape, or you’re thinking of making the most of 2017, we have some suggestions for you. Best 100 Books for Christmas. Doing exactly what it says on the tin, The Telegraph gives you a luxuriously long list of Christmas beauties on paper. The Best Places to Spend Christmas. All worn out by the thought of hanging stockings, lighting fires or stuffing turkeys? Get away from it all with these suggestions. Get a head start on your New Year’s resolution to become an international best-seller. Check out The Guardian on art holidays and creative writing retreats.
Meet the author of the Worst Witch series of children’s books, Jill Murphy. She sensibly advocates the need to read to children rather than just turning them loose with an iPad. Click here to read more. Shirley Jackson – featured as one my spooky reads this month – comes under the spotlight in this review of her biography by Ruth Franklin. This is a writer who deserves much more attention than she got in her lifetime, both from a literary and personal perspective. Click here to learn more. Two powerful and simple antidotes to the vices of our digital media culture: read old books and have good friends. Click here to learn more. Feast of horror! Thirty reads from An American Psycho to Dracula via The Exorcist and on until The Silence of the Lambs – delicious! Click here for more about these scary reads.
We’ve got some great links for you this month, and hopefully you’ll get lots of ideas of books to read as the nights draw in. Among others on the Telegraph’s list of crime and thriller novels of 2016, discover Jill Dawson’s The Crime Writer a book that places the whisky-soaked genius and celebrated psychological thriller writer Patricia Highsmith inside a novel even more lurid and unlikely than the ones she wrote herself… Telegraph Books – Best Crime and Thriller Novels of 2016 One of the UK’s most popular thriller writers, Mark Edwards, is offering three short sharp shockers when you sign up to his newsletter. Learn more here. Tartan noir queen Val McDermid talks about her extraordinary start in life. Click here to read that fascinating interview.
There’s a great article here: The best reason for reading? Book lovers live longer, scientists say And another: Neil Gaiman on Why We Read and What Books Do for the Human Experience I’m also delighted to share with you links to some of my favourite writers’ newsletters, and this month here is a link to Clare Mackintosh’s newsletter. More next month, and let me know of any you particularly enjoy so that we can share with others.