Category: Books


  • The weirdness of Penguin Classic Crime art

    The weirdness of Penguin Classic Crime art

    Whoever said you should never judge a book by its cover clearly has ugly cover art on their books. I like artwork to say something, even if I can’t understand what it’s trying to tell me. When Happiness was picked up by Fledgling, I immediately knew what I wanted: “Make it ’90s inspired brutalism with […]

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  • FICTION: Supermarket Sweep

    FICTION: Supermarket Sweep

    The witch in the supermarket didn’t look like a witch. For a start, she didn’t have a big pointy hat or nose to match. There wasn’t a hairy wart on her chin and her skin wasn’t green. In fact, she had great skin. There was a good reason for her flawless face, and she explained […]

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  • I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan – an examination

    I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan – an examination

    SPOILERS AHEAD! Lois Duncan was a household name if your house was home to kids with library memberships in the 70s and 80s. Her books for young people were Young Adult before the genre became mainstreamed. Looked down on, these books were known back then as Juvenile Fiction. Not that Lois Duncan ever wrote fiction […]

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  • Scotlit Blog Interview

    Scotlit Blog Interview

    One of the earliest supporters of Happiness Is Wasted On Me was Scotlit Daily, the blog dedicated to all things literary in Scotland. They’ve tirelessly championed the Scottish scene and thank goodness for that. Last week we chatted about the book and Scotland’s publishing scene, plus a few topics that you’ll hopefully find interesting…

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  • The Kosuke Kindaichi Fan Club

    The Kosuke Kindaichi Fan Club

    In all honesty, I prefer detectives who treat murder like an elegant puzzle to be solved. For me, the golden age detectives are the greatest of the genre. They were sophisticated figures, usually privileged well-dressed forces of nature who arrived at a location (a country manor for the most part), looked around a crime scene, […]

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  • Tickets for Kirkland Ciccone’s Totally True Stories are on sale now!

    Tickets for Kirkland Ciccone’s Totally True Stories are on sale now!

    Tickets for The Book Nook’s first live gig *it’s me* are now available! It’s going to be a brilliant night, and we want it to be a success, so please snatch tickets now. Details are available on The Book Nook’s site: Events This is my first live event in two years and the first ever […]

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  • Kirkland Ciccone’s Totally True Stories *Live event at The Book Nook*

    Kirkland Ciccone’s Totally True Stories *Live event at The Book Nook*

    MY FIRST LIVE GIG IN TWO YEARS! is happening on October 15th at The Book Nook in Stirling. It’s called Kirkland Ciccone’s Totally True Stories and is a rejigged version of my life story in books.   Basically, we’re all sick of digital events on a screen when everyone knows authors should be in book […]

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  • The Beach by Alex Garland

    The Beach by Alex Garland

    Sometimes a book becomes so impossibly huge that the author runs in the opposite direction. The Beach is one of those books. Alex Garland is one of those authors. I remember seeing his debut in Borders, the Glesga branch I spent most of my college years hanging about in. Oh, you could lose yourself in […]

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  • The author portrait of Dorian Gray

    The author portrait of Dorian Gray

    Every author has to do it. It isn’t something we can’t avoid, and many of us have tried. Sometimes we might even feel flattered that someone cares enough to need it. You see them online, on posters, in brochures, and of course sometimes even in books. The author portrait. That’s the official looking photograph of […]

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  • We Run The Tides by Vendela Vida

    We Run The Tides by Vendela Vida

    One of the problems I had with Happiness Is Wasted On Me was the question of how to make a coming-of-age novel sufficiently different from the rest. If we’re honest, we have to face the fact that all coming-of-age novels are similarly built. The protagonist struggles against life, valiantly battling through their teen years, facing […]

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