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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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Autumn book releases 2012

Some great titles are set to be released in the next couple of months – let’s hope they live up to the hype! Here are my top fiction choices to watch out for this Autumn/fall. August: Mark Billingham’s latest tale of murder and mystery is a great read. Anyone who’s read a Thorne novel will […] [...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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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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Chris Cleave Tackles an Olympic Dilemma

By Alice Johnson Published in The National, June 13th, 2012. What’s more important, ambition or love? What happens when these two collide? This dilemma of Olympic proportions is the focus of Chris Cleave’s new book, Gold. Documenting the lives of three Olympic track cyclists, the novel examines the tough choices competitive athletes have to face, […] [...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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Countdown to Solitary Confinement

When I transformed myself into a freelance writer last September, it was with the intention of having enough time to EVENTUALLY finish my first crime novel. 10-years in the making, the epic saga has been left in a dusty drawer, sadly neglected and ignored. I did make some good progress last year and managed to […] [...more]

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Stieg Larsson’s success fuels interest in Nordic noir

By Alice Johnson Published in The National, Review, May 19, 2012 What is it that makes Nordic noir fiction so compelling to its many fans? Is it the barren landscapes, unpronounceable surnames, woolly-jumpered detectives or the serial crimes committed in ice-cold surroundings that so definitively stimulate intrigue among readers? And while the acclaimed Swedish writer […] [...more]

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Marina Lewycka recounts the hippie commune era in latest book

Published on 9th April, 2012, in The National newspaper By Alice Johnson What was the philosophy of hippie communes in the 1960s? The spiritual communities pursued non-violent beliefs, vegetarianism with plenty of lentils, left-wing politics and often free love. However, remembering this era and its actual purpose was one of the most difficult aspects for […] [...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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Great Gatsby… hair and nails!

It’s official – you can now style yourself as if you’ve just stepped out from a page of The Great Gatsby. Maison dAnu has launched its ‘Gatsby Collection’ range of nail varnishes: ‘four new colours that shimmer with 1920’s glamour’. The shades available are: • Green Light – Metallic Dark Green • Gatsby – Metallic […] [...more]

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A lovely evening with crime writer Peter James

Spent a lovely evening last night at the Emirates Literature Festival event with the very witty crime-writer Peter James. The evening was held in the Lit Fest’s new ‘Literary Square’ in Bastakiya, Bur Dubai, and it’s lovely! It’s great to be able to sit outside in the balmy evening warmth now the heat of the […] [...more]

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