Another day, another brilliant book. Here’s my review of Any Other Mouth (Freight) by Anneliese Mackintosh, which ran in the Independent on Sunday at the weekend there. A terrific debut collection of stories, it’s easily one of my books of the year. Read it!
So THE DEAD BEAT is Book of the Month over at Raven Crime Reads blog. Very nice – thanks!
I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be taking up the position of Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh from September. That’s the shiny new campus pictured above. The position involves giving one-to-one feedback to students from across the whole university on any writing issues they have with their coursework.
Rounding up this stuff here, so I don’t forget it, basically. What I mean to say is, amazing new press coverage!!!!! Yay!!!!! Have a read:
First up, a rave review over at Raven Crime Reads. ‘A reading experience that went far beyond the average thriller,’ no less.
Here’s an interview I did with the lovely Ceris Aston at The Skinny, where I talk about grabbing you, yes you, by the balls. Metaphorically speaking.
And here’s a thing I did for The Courier called Hello Me. It’s basically a letter to my younger self, where I mostly talk about football. There’s a cute picture of me in a Scotland top. And on the same page there’s a Courier offer for heuchera which, as everyone knows, are famed for their spectacular foliage. Worth checking out that foliage.
I’m delighted to announce that my next novel, THE JUMP, is being published by Faber & Faber in the summer of 2015. It’s set in and around South Queensferry, in the shadow of the Forth Road Bridge. That’s all the info you’re getting for now. This will be my fifth novel with Faber in five years, and my seventh book overall. Good times!
So here’s my review of Megan Abbott’s The Fever, which ran in yesterday’s Independent on Sunday. It’s the best novel I’ve read this year. Clickety-click to find out more.
illustration by Mitch Blunt
Aye so, here’s my latest cheeky wee Big Issue books column, reviewing three books:
Headhunters by Ben Shephard – non-fiction about ‘The Search for a Science of the Mind’
The Visitors by Simon Sylvester – a dreamlike debut novel set on a small Scottish island
The Last Tiger by Tony Black – interesting foray into historical fiction from a crime writer