Category Archives: Authors P

Two Shorter Reviews

Trading futures

Trading Futures by Jim Powell Matthew Oxenhay is having an existential crisis. He set his hippy ideals behind him long ago, swapping them for a career in the city, wife, kids, nice house in a nice London suburb. Then it was his 60th birthday, and shortly afterwards he lost his job, but his boss let him keep coming to work… Read more »

First Light – Unbound Launch Party

First Light

First Light – a celebration of Alan Garner, ed Erica Wagner I will get back to book reviews very soon, but the book launch I attended last night was very special – and apologies – but I will be name-dropping! I love Unbound books and their crowdfunding publishing model, (see here for a Shiny interview I did with Unbound’s Caitlin)…. Read more »

Temps Perdu?

Annabel   5th March 2016   18 Comments on Temps Perdu?

In Search of Lost Time: Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust – A Graphic Novel Adaptation and Drawings by Stéphane Heuet Translated by Arthur Goldhammer I’ve not got the patience or time to read Proust’s masterpiece, but I’ve always wondered what it was like. When I spotted that French into English publishers Gallic books were bringing out a new English translation… Read more »

Exit, pursued by a bear – a winter’s tale…

The Revenant by Michael Punke You thought you were getting Shakey didn’t you?  But those words so fit this novel which the much-lauded movie starring Leo was based on too! I’ve not seen the film of The Revenant and don’t want to.  I’m not attracted to watching two and a half hours of Rocky Mountain winters full of gore, even if Leo gives… Read more »

The making of Mary (Queen of Shops)

Shop Girl by Mary Portas Mary Portas is one of those TV presenter/gurus you either love or find profoundly irritating. I love her and her championing of the high street and independent retailers. Her TV programmes where she helps ailing businesses are full of common sense and good advice jazzed up with her team’s design flair. The shame is that… Read more »

Graphic novels at Annabookbel…

There is a big interest these days in graphic novels. From comics which are reissued bound together like the Lumberjanes which I reviewed yesterday to full on treatments of classics like the next one on my pile (more of that later, she teased). Click to go to the Lumberjanes review Meanwhile, I have previously reviewed just a few others and I… Read more »

It’s a Shiny Christmas

Just to tell you that the Shiny New Books Christmas Extra Shiny edition is now online with 34 new reviews and articles for your delectation. There’s a bit of an ‘Oscar-Fest’ (Wilde that is) going on here here and here, plus a wide variety of other book in the mix. I’ve contributed five pieces to this edition: Number 11 by… Read more »

Books Are My Bag

Annabel   9th October 2015   10 Comments on Books Are My Bag

I thought it was time that I updated my photo – as it’s from the very first Books Are My Bag event at my local indie bookshop Mostly Books. I’m busy tomorrow during the official BAMB day, so I popped into the shop today and bought one of the new Grayson Perry BAMB bags. Tracy Emin’s last yr, just featured… Read more »

Shiny Linkiness

Annabel   7th September 2015   No Comments on Shiny Linkiness

I’m back to school today, so scheduled this one in advance. A post of Shiny linkness to my fiction reviews in the recent Extra Shiny issue of Shiny New Books. Do head over to see the full reviews, and feel free to comment here or there. Thank you. * * * * * The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha… Read more »

From one dystopia to another …

The Ship by Antonia Honeywell I’m on a watery/eco-thriller/dystopian reading binge at the moment, set off by picking up this novel – I couldn’t resist the colourful cover with its silhouette of a broken London landscape and a nod to the film Titanic. It’s the near-future; the world as we know it is broken. Five hundred specially selected people escape the… Read more »