Sarah Gilmartin: what’s on my to-be-read pile

Sarah Gilmartin is the author of Pushkin’s lead debut of the autumn, DINNER PARTY: A TRAGEDY. Set between the 1990s and the present day, from a farmhouse in Carlow to Trinity College, Dublin, Dinner Party is a dark, sharply observed debut that…

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Brutal barbarians or heroic adventurers?: Tore Skeie on the Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and The Wolf Age

Posted 19th October 2021

Tore Skeie’s The Wolf Age, recently published with Pushkin, takes on a fascinating new perspective on the Vikings, the Anglo-Saxons and the building blocks of their societies. In a luxurious hardback edition full of images, illustrations and maps, this is…

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“I like writing about secrets”: A Q&A with Hilde Vandermeeren

Posted 4th October 2021

Up next in our Walter Presents series is The Scorpion’s Head, a nail-biting story of innocence and guilt from Flemish writer Hilde Vandermeeren. We sat down with Hilde to find out how she came to write the book, what’s on…

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Creating Shoo!: Susie Bower, Francesca Gambatesa and Sarah Odedina on making picture books

Posted 30th September 2021

This week from the collective genius of writer Susie Bower and illustrator Francesca Gambatesa comes Shoo!, a delightful picture book about a grumpy woman and her beastly new neighbours. We were fascinated by the collaborative process, so chatted to Susie…

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Teffi: An Introduction by Robert Chandler

Posted 7th September 2021 by Robert Chandler

“There are writers who muddy their own water, to make it seem deeper.  Teffi could not be more different: the water is entirely transparent, yet the bottom is barely visible.” Georgy Adamovich “A joke is not so funny when you’re living inside it.  It…

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‘I’m omnivorous when it comes to reading’: A Q&A with Paul Howarth

Posted 26th August 2021

Set in the wild Australian outback at the end of the 19th century, Paul Howarth’s Dust off the Bones is a compelling and condemning sequel to his acclaimed debut, Only Killers and Thieves. It’s a fantastically complex novel about trauma,…

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Quantum Heroines: Candas Jane Dorsey on reinventing the noir novel

Posted 5th August 2021 by Candas Jane Dorsey

The nameless protagonist of The Adventures of Isabel is a quantum heroine: she sits in several places at once, which in science is called “superposition”, which seems apt! She sits well within the noir traditions of the nameless detective going…

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Marian Schwartz on Nina Berberova’s The Last and the First

Posted 29th July 2021 by Marian Schwartz

I came to The Last and the First as I have all of Berberova’s fiction: in anticipation of an exotic story about Russian émigrés in Paris between the wars and then firmly hooked by her gorgeous, moving prose. Berberova’s stories…

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Pushkin Vertigo Spotlight: The Adventures of Isabel by Candas Jane Dorsey

Posted 16th July 2021

The Adventures of Isabel is an eye-wateringly funny comic mystery by Candas Jane Dorsey, where a queer amateur detective and her cat take on the crimes that the feds don’t seem to care about. As part of the Vertigo Spotlight…

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Pushkin Vertigo Spotlight: The Second Woman by Louise Mey

Posted 16th July 2021

Louise Mey is the author of the upcoming noir, The Second Woman, which is available for preorder now. As part of the Vertigo Spotlight Week, we sat down and asked her some questions about her book and it’s heroine. Tell…

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