The Pulp Fiction behind Muscle

Alan Trotter discusses which books and films inspired his debut novel Muscle. More than a decade ago I started writing a novel without planning, which is something I would recommend only provided you have a decade to spend writing a novel. To begin with I wrote maybe two pages, which involved a man without a…

Extract: We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

Read an essay from Samantha Irby’s New York Times Bestselling collection We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.   In this painfully funny collection, Samantha Irby captures powerful emotional truths while chronicling the rubbish bin she calls her life. From an ill-fated pilgrimage to Nashville to scatter her estranged father’s ashes to awkward sexual encounters…

Christmas Reading List

All I want for Christmas . . . From eccentric memoirs and epic novels to beautiful books and powerful poetry. Here’s what we’re reading, recommending and gifting this winter. Ruby Bamber, Senior Sales Operations Executive The book you can’t wait to read this Christmas I’m going to treat myself to The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver…