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Rob Doyle: Here are the Young Men

Author: Rob Doyle Title: Here are the Young Men Press: Bloomsbury Prizes: Date of publication: 2014 Date of purchase: September 2018 RRP: £7.99 Price of purchase: £1.95 Reading time: 2 Weeks Rating:   4 Well heck. This was deeply disturbing from start to finish. A stark glance into an alternative Dublin populated with disillusioned youths and …

Irvine Welsh: Filth

Author: Irvine Welsh Title: Filth Press: Vintage Prizes: Date of publication: 1998 Date of purchase: September 2018 RRP: £5.99 Price of purchase: £2.50 Reading time: 2 Week Rating:   6 As a Scot currently playing at contributing to the diaspora in the sunny South of England it seemed appropriate to return to my roots, read a …

Diversity in Publishing with Jazzmine Breary (@jreadsalot) and Frances Mensah Williams (author of From Pasta to Pigfoot)

Chamamanda Adichie’s TED Talk on ‘the danger of the single story’ is incredibly powerful and was an excellent introduction for me into the issue of ethnic diversity in publishing. The point: how important it is for people to read themselves in stories but also the power of publishing to reinforce narratives and the moral imperative …

‘What Makes a Man?’ – Andrew McMillan and Joseph Cassara @ The London Lit Fest

Just back from a lovely afternoon at the Southbank Centre. Cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of Cassara’s debut novel The House of Impossible Beauties. Both he and Andrew McMillan spoke eloquently on their own struggles coming to terms with their male-ness and the contradictions of masculinity in the twenty first century. …