Posted on 29th August 2015

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Q&A with Jo Mazelis

How would you describe Significance to a reading group? Significance is a novel that seems to raise many questions for readers – the first is, ‘What category of book is this? Is it a literary novel or a thriller?’ Perhaps it’s easiest to say that it gives the impression of belonging to the thriller genre but then quickly…

Posted on 28th August 2015

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Jo Mazelis reads from her novel, Significance

Listen to Jo Mazelis read from the first chapter of her novel, Significance (Seren Books) here:   Jo Mazelis is the author of short stories, non-fiction and poetry. Her collection of stories, Diving Girls (Parthian, 2002), was short-listed for the Commonwealth ‘Best First Book’ and Wales Book of the Year. Her second book, Circle Games (Parthian, 2005), was long-listed for Wales Book…

Posted on 27th August 2015

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Backlist: Jo Mazelis

Diving Girls  (Parthian, 2002) Short-listed for the Commonwealth ‘Best First Book’ and Wales Book of the Year. A unique and enthralling collection from a prize-winning author, these short stories are sure to enthrall. In addition to being shortlisted for the Best First Book Award in the Eurasia Commonwealth Writers Prize, this collection was also shortlisted…

Posted on 26th August 2015

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Reviews: Significance by Jo Mazelis

“With Significance Mazelis has set her novel-writing bar at a breathtaking height.” — Rachel Trezise, Agenda  Fiction – Significance by Jo Mazelis Significance is written with admirable storytelling skill that weaves captivating narrative tension, poetic density and exploration of ideas. Further enjoyment is provided by an acute sense of place which makes for a vivid experience of…

Posted on 25th August 2015

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Celebrating the Winners of the 2015 Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize: Jo Mazelis

Every week until the beginning of September, we’re celebrating one of this year’s Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize winning authors. This week we’re celebrating 2015 winner, Jo Mazelis who won with her novel, Significance. “A must read for anyone who loves literary fiction and believes they would never read a crime novel.” (Cathy Galvin,  journalist, poet and Director of The…

Posted on 22nd August 2015

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Q&A with Emma Jane Unsworth

How would you describe Animals to a reading group? It’s about how friendships change as you get older. It’s about whether people – especially women – should stop doing certain things and start doing others when they hit a certain age, OR ELSE. It’s also full of filthy jokes. What inspired you to write Animals?

Posted on 20th August 2015

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Backlist: Emma Jane Unsworth

Hungry, the Stars and Everything Powerful writing with a fascinating background  Kate Fforde I was seven years old when I realised what I wanted most out of life: more. Passion has long since been a stranger to food critic Helen Burns. At 28, she is merely going through the motions – technically proficient, but emotionally…

Posted on 19th August 2015

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Reviews: Animals

I wish I had written this book . . . Withnail with girls (CAITLIN MORAN) One of COMPANY’s 50 Books You Need to Read Before You Die Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth review – pills, thrills and bellyaches  This is a book you’ll be talking about for years to come. It marks Unsworth as…

Posted on 18th August 2015

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Celebrating the winners of the 2015 Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize winners: Emma Jane Unsworth

Every week until the beginning of September, we’re celebrating one of this year’s Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize winning authors. This week we’re celebrating 2015 winner, Emma Jane Unsworth who won with her novel, Animals. “A wise and very funny novel of two best friends, and the other companion in their lives – booze. Unsworth writes of this…

Posted on 15th August 2015

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Q&A with Bethan Roberts

How would you describe Mother Island to a reading group? That’s a really hard one. I always get a feeling of panic whenever anyone asks me what something I’m working on is about, because for much of the writing process, I don’t really know the answer to that question! And even when you’ve finished a…

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