The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas

I have certain rituals that I carry out every year around this time. It's how I survive the winter. There are certain television shows I re-watch for comfort in the cold. For instance, December doesn't feel right unless I sit through Christmas With The Joker, my favourite episode of Batman: The Animated Series and The… Continue reading The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas

The Arthur Nersesian Fan Club

Some authors are so good that I'll literally drop whatever I'm doing to rush off to a bookshop so I can get their latest novel. However, it isn't always that easy, if only because not all bookshops stock the authors I stalk. One example is Arthur Nersesian. I love his fiction ardently. His writing style… Continue reading The Arthur Nersesian Fan Club

Banana Yoshimoto Is Good For You

When my mother took a nervous breakdown (her fourth in a week), she was prescribed a book by her GP. “Fuck reading the book,” she snarled. “I want Valium.” In theory, the NHS scheme of giving patients a list of books to make them feel better is a worthy thing to do. In practice, most… Continue reading Banana Yoshimoto Is Good For You

Review: Kamikaze Girls by Novala Takemoto

A cult smash in Japan that inspired a movie of the same name, I stumbled on Kamikaze Girls whilst on a book buying spree at Blackwell's in Edinburgh. There was something cool about the cover art: the colours, the photography, the scrawled illustration. It all appealed, so I snatched it up and read it in… Continue reading Review: Kamikaze Girls by Novala Takemoto

Spite And Malice At High School

I've spent the last few years writing fiction for younger people. I'm quite happy with what I've put out so far, because there's a market for weird books for the weirdo teens. I was one myself, and I always wanted to write books that I would have read at that age. But being an author… Continue reading Spite And Malice At High School

Review: Black Wave by Michelle Tea

The world is ending, a slow and inexorable apocalypse on the horizon. But Michelle is too drunk and drugged up to notice the changes. She's too busy living her life from drama to drama, each incident a mess of her own making. Michelle is writer of some renown. She shares the same name with the… Continue reading Review: Black Wave by Michelle Tea