Posted on 24th May 2011

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Fiction Uncovered app launches

The eight Fiction Uncovered titles, announced last Thursday, now feature in a dedicated Fiction Uncovered 2011 free app created by Enhanced Editions for iPhone and iPad, carrying book extracts, synced audio readings, and video interviews with the selected authors and judges. In the Fiction Uncovered app readers are able to find extracts from each of…

Posted on 24th May 2011

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Hidden Treasures in my Local Library

When I was growing up in the Witterings in the 70s and 80s I was lucky enough to have a library at the end of my road, a small single-storey building which serviced our village and those in the surrounding areas. Often my younger sister and I would stop off at the library on the…

Posted on 23rd May 2011

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Philip Gwyn Jones on Chris Paling

If Fiction Uncovered were to assemble from scratch the prototypical overlooked British novelist they would in all likelihood produce something very like Chris Paling. He has been in effect a victim of his immense range of imaginative sympathies. None of his novels much resembles its predecessor in style or tone, and that has perhaps limited his…

Posted on 19th May 2011

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Helping readers to rediscover Lindsay Clarke

The Water Theatre was sent to me by Lindsay Clarke’s agent in February 2010. The book was originally called Sun at Midnight, and it was presented to me as “a powerful story of loyalty and loss, of betrayal and reconciliation”. It was described as partly being set in Italy, and I must admit this put…

Posted on 18th May 2011

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A Journey of Discovery

A lot is written about how short stories are perfect for the twenty-first century because they are short and we’re all short of time, and some say, attention span. Indeed, Shortfire Press is a little guilty of expounding this view too. But the truth behind why I set up Shortfire Press is more to do…