Posted on 13th October 2015

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Lavie Tidhar: Writer in Residence at Toji Cultural Foundation, South Korea

For the second year running, a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize winning writer has taken up residency at Toji Cultural Foundation, South Korea. The residency is supported by the British Council. After his first week as writer in residence, Lavie Tidhar shares his thoughts: I arrived in Korea at the end of Chuseok, the “festival of the harvest…

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 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…

Posted on 8th August 2015

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Q&A with Grace McCleen

How would you describe The Offering to a reading group?  A novel concerned with sin, repetition and redemption.   What inspired you to write The OfferingA moonlit walk.   The Offering gives the reader a vivid insight into mental health. What research was required to make this complex subject matter authentic?  None at all….

Posted on 5th August 2015

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Reviews: The Offering

Strange and beautiful (Hope Whitmore, Independent on Sunday) Grace McCleen’s talent for description, especially when portraying the natural world, is quite exquisite. (Carol Midgley, The Times) The richness with which Madeline describes her febrile younger self contrasts heartbreakingly with the glassy, emotionally neutered life she inhabits now…a bold, mature, terribly sad novel. (Claire Allfree, Daily…

Posted on 1st August 2015

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A Q&A with David Whitehouse

How would you describe Mobile Library to a reading group? Mobile Library is a book about a young boy and an older woman who find each other when they need each other most, and escape the awful realities of their lives to run away together – a road trip, and a chase, that runs the…

Posted on 25th July 2015

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A Q&A with Lavie Tidhar

How would you describe A Man Lies Dreaming to a reading group? It’s about a Yiddish pulp writer in Auschwitz who dreams up an elaborate escape, in which the Nazis never came to power and a former dictator becomes a disgraced private eye in London in 1939… I think of it as a very dark…

Posted on 24th July 2015

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Lavie Tidhar on Resonance FM

To celebrate this year’s winners, Jerwood Fiction Uncovered FM returned to the airwaves on Sunday 21 June. The annual radio station is dedicated to discussing great British fiction. Listen to Lavie Tidhar in conversation with 2015 Judge, Simon Savidge:   Fiction Uncovered 2015 – Simon Savidge speaks with Lavie Tidhar by Resonance Fm on Mixcloud  …

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