Book Review: The Time Keeper, by Mitch Albom

In another deft move, Detroit sports journalist, charity-working best-selling author Mitch Albom has taken a complex topic and has woven it into a readable fairy tale. Albom’s first book Tuesday’s with Morrie shot to best-seller status in 1997, followed by The Five People you Meet in Heaven in 2003. The first formed a series of […] [...more]

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Mark Billingham Decodes the Deadly Side of Dinner Parties: Crime Writing

Published in The National, 22nd August 2012. Mark Billingham’s latest stand-alone novel Rush of Blood weaves the tale of a missing girl on holiday with murder, intrigue and suspense. The best-selling author of the Thorne detective series talks to Alice Johnson about where he stands on the crime genre. Why did you decide to write […] [...more]

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20 Grammatical Mistakes Corrected: LitReactor

Not everyone has gorgeous grammar… So the lovely people at LitReactor assigned their columnist Jon Gingerich to pen these top tips. See original post here. I’ve edited a monthly magazine for more than six years, and it’s a job that’s come with more frustration than reward. If there’s one thing I am grateful for — […] [...more]

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Just My Type: paperback release & cool poster!

Just My Type (released September 2011) by Simon Garfield is ‘a book of stories about fonts’. Apparently it’s done for typefaces what Eats Shoots and Leaves did for grammar (see my interview with Lynne Truss here). Although the hardback was released last year, it’s being released in paperback this September (2012), along with this very […] [...more]

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New novel The Red Book tells a tale of Harvard

Before Facebook, there was The Red Book – Harvard’s five-yearly alumni class report. The tome features classmates’ updates and life experiences… or rather what they want others to read. Deborah Kopagen Cogan’s tale of four friends shows how Ivy-league students deal with their pressured lives: what will happen when their issues collide over one fateful […] [...more]

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Survey: Ebook sales skyrocketed in 2011!

According to survey results released yesterday, Ebook sales more than doubled in 2011 and were worth $2.07 billion (USA publishing industry). In 2010, Ebooks drew in $869 million, accounting for 6% of overall publishing revenues according to the data from the Association of American Publishers and the Book Industry Study Group. The number of Ebooks […] [...more]

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Crime & Conundrum: Zoe Ferraris & the Saudi CSI

By Alice Johnson Published in The National 4th July, 2012 When 19 bodies are found buried in the desert, the female Saudi CSI Katya has to deal with more than just finding the killer in Kingdom of Strangers, the latest crime novel by Zoe Ferraris. We talked to the three-time author about Saudi Arabia and […] [...more]

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Before they were published…

Ever wondered what your favourite authors did before their books hit the shelves? Here’s a top-10 of the best and most random. 10) D H Lawrence: Junior Clerk, surgical appliances factory (1901) At Number 10 it’s D H Lawrence, author of the once-banned Lady Chatterley’s Lover. A surgical appliances factory indeed! Not very author-like. DH […] [...more]

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Freelancing: The Final Frontier

Six months in, and my newly-fledged career as a freelance journalist, copywriter, editor and all-things-word-related-provider is going pretty well, if I do say so myself. Of course, the first few months were quite tough and I went through what all freelancers go through: lack of payment, lack of work, lack of general ability to make […] [...more]

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Book Review: Taxi, by Khaled Al Khamissi

By Alice Johnson Dubai One of the only ways to get around in Cairo is by Taxi – any one of the city’s 80,000 beaten-up, smoke-filled cabs that navigate themselves around the capital’s chaotic, pot-holed streets. The hardships of life in Cairo – and indeed Egypt – are encapsulated by the city’s taxi drivers, who […] [...more]

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