Now you’re talking! The best audiobooks, chosen by writers

For a very different experience, actor Emma Fielding brings a mix of freshness and intensity (and a short “a”) to The Grasmere Journals (2014), Dorothy Wordsworth’s account of life with her brother in Dove Cottage. The entries, accompanied by readings of Wordsworth’s poems by Kenneth Cranham and Alex Jennings, are perfectly paced for listening. Here […]

Scenes for Survival review – Alan Cumming runs wild in lockdown drama

Highlights elsewhere include Ian and Sheena, in which Richard Conlon and Gail Watson have fun reprising the am-dram roles they played in Robert Softley Gale’s hilarious My Left Right Foot: The Musical. Thanks to expert comic timing, Greg McHugh manages to make the apocalypse entertaining as “wee Davey fae Tynecastle,” the last man standing, in […]

Evaristo and Carty-Williams become first black authors to win top British Book awards

Carty-Williams took the book of the year accolade on Monday night for Queenie, her debut novel about a young black woman navigating life and love in London. She beat titles including Three Women by Lisa Taddeo and My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite to the award, which is judged on quality of writing, […]

A literature of our own

Indeed, the novel remains a staple on the bookshelves of many a lesbian, and it has often been argued that it actively paved the way for the development of the lesbian novel – first in its pulp incarnation, then as a gritty counter-cultural genre, and latterly as a well-established and lucrative part of mainstream publishing. […]

Oh, Poor Fashion Week

David Beckham hung out at the Box. Rudy Giuliani will receive the British Medal of Freedom for his leadership after September 11. Lindsay Lohan walked dogs in Sundance, Utah, as part of her rehab stint. Lauren Conrad made out with a new boyfriend at an L.A. club, but you’ve never heard of him. Lesbian mystery […]

Coronavirus: Aye Write book festival shelved amid virus fears

Cancelled: What’s not on in Scotland The SEC Campus in Glasgow, which includes the Hydro, Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre and the Armadillo, has published guidance for visitors on its website. A spokeswoman said the campus is hopeful that the majority of of any events affected will be able to reschedule to a future date. […]

Edinburgh book festival sets up online signings as it adapts to pandemic

It is the bane of the book festival: a long, slow queue to get a book signed by a favourite author, perched in the corner of a warm and stuffy tent. But this year’s Edinburgh international book festival is offering something far more intimate: the chance of a one to one signing with a famous […]

JK Rowling’s alter ego Robert Galbraith shortlisted for crime novel award

“Racing up and down the country, chasing suspects from the London suburbs to Barrow-in-Furness, from Scotland via Market Harborough to lap-dancing clubs on Tottenham Court Road, the narrative is dizzying in its proliferation of character, location and detail, and tirelessly, relentlessly specific,” wrote Guardian reviewer Christobel Kent of the third outing for tetchy private eye […]

Amid protests, Harris emerges as top contender for Biden’s V.P. slot

Theodore Johnson, an analyst on race and politics at New York University Law School’s Brennan Center for Justice, said, “For those who still doubt her abilities or dislike her, I’m not sure there is much that can win them over. But for everyone else that Democrats will need to win the White House, I think […]