Posted on 12th September 2014

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The Language of Fiction

My first Fiction Uncovered column was about how I have found myself changing as a reader; this last one focuses more specifically on one of the ways of reading that I’ve become drawn to. For a while now, I’ve been taking more notice of the ways in which the tone and style of a piece of fiction can interact with, and add nuance to, its other aspects. To an extent, this is an artificial divide: books are, after all, made of words; you can’t really separate fiction from the way it’s written. In practice, however, it can be easy to take the language of fiction for granted – and to risk overlooking whole layers in the process.

Posted on 27th August 2014

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David Hebblethwaite on three Welsh novels in translation

I’ve been aiming to incorporate my main reading interests in these columns for Fiction Uncovered. Today, it’s the turn of fiction in translation: I’ve chosen to look at three Welsh-language novels which won the Wales Book of the Year award and have since been translated into English. There was no great design in choosing these three particular titles, but I’ve found that they share a concern with the interaction of place and character, in their own individual ways.

Posted on 12th August 2014

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Ten Contemporary British Short Story Writers

I love short stories; I think they’re a sorely underappreciated genre of fiction. So I’m going to recommend ten of my favourite current British short story writers. (This isn’t a ‘top ten’, by the way; I couldn’t – and wouldn’t want to – be that definitive. But I do heartily recommend the work of each of these writers.)

Posted on 7th August 2014

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Uncovering The Reader

In his first post as Guest Editor on the site David Hebblethwaite discusses his development as a reader and how it is not always writers and books that need uncovering – sometimes it’s us, the readers

Posted on 6th August 2014

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David Hebblethwaite announced as Guest Editor

We are thrilled to announce that David Hebblethwaite will be joining us as Guest Editor on FictionUncovered.co.uk over the next month. Check the website, Twitter and Facebook feeds for his articles the first of which will be posted later this week.

Posted on 17th June 2014

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Little Egypt

Lesley Glaister’s fourteenth novel is a gothic tale of secrets and damaged families. In the 1920s, twins Isis and Osiris live in Little Egypt, the country house of their Egyptologist parents, Evelyn and Arthur. It’s just the siblings, the staff, the cats, and the occasional visit from Uncle Victor – until Evelyn and Arthur send…

Posted on 5th June 2014

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Mouse and the Cossacks

Eleven-year-old Mouse de Bruin (she doesn’t like her given name) has lost the ability to talk. Not that this prevents her from communicating, as shown by her penchant for writing indignant letters while posing as her mother, or sending text messages to random numbers. At the start of Paul Wilson’s seventh novel, Mouse and her…

Posted on 4th April 2014

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Jam

Jake Wallis Simons appeared on the first Fiction Uncovered list in 2011 for The English German Girl, his novel about a girl sent to England on the Kindertransport in the 1930s. Following a thriller (2012’s The Pure, written as Jake Simons), the author returns with Jam, a novel which follows a varied cast as they…

Posted on 19th November 2012

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Ours are the Streets

Sunjeev Sahota’s first novel, Ours are the Streets, is presented as the last testimony of Imtiaz Raina, a young British Muslim about to become a suicide bomber; it’s his attempt to explain himself to the people he loves. We follow Imtiaz from his time at university in Sheffield, where he falls in love with Becka,…

Posted on 4th September 2012

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Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology, Volume 5

Now in its fifth year, the Bristol Short Story Prize is establishing itself as a significant award with an eye for good stories. The tales on this year’s shortlist (anthologised in this volume) are no exception. Top honours in this year’s Bristol Prize (announced on 14th July at ShortStoryVille) went to a fiction debut: ‘Naked…

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