Vespasian: Rome’s Executioner read by Peter Kenny

Vespasian: Rome's Executioner audio-book cover.

Vespasian proved to be quite a turn-up for the audio-books. Seldom have I not especially liked a book’s beginnings yet by the end been completely won over – it often happens the other way around but I am delighted to say that Vespasian managed this feat. And to try and explain why I think this […]

The Book Illustration Competition 2014 announced

Book Illustration Competition logo.

The Folio Society and House of Illustration have announced the launch of the 2014 Book Illustration Competition. Now in its fourth year, this collaboration between House of Illustration and The Folio Society aims to champion the art of book illustration and in 2013 received over 500 entries from across the globe. The annual international competition […]

Robert Aickman’s The Unsettled Land read by Reece Shearsmith

The cover of The Unsettled Dust audio-book.

The following is a review of the audio-book edition of Robert Aickman’s The Unsettled Dust (a collection of supernatural short stories first published in 1990), narrated by Reece Shearsmith and first released in July 2013. I think Robert Aickman’s The Unsettled Dust will firmly divide opinions. I can’t see any reader, or listener, simply saying […]

The ultimate time travel anthology due out November 2013

The Time Traveller's Almanac book cover image.

The Time Traveller’s Almanac is the largest, most definitive collection of time travel stories ever assembled. Gathered into one volume by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer included is over a century’s worth of literary adventures into the past and the future. The anthology covers millions of years of Earth’s history – from the age of the […]

Brandon Sanderson’s The Rithmatist read by Michael Kramer

A cover image of The Rithmatist audio-book.

The following is a review of the audio-book edition of Brandon Sanderson’s The Rithmatist, first released in May 2013 and narrated by Michael Kramer. Brandon Sanderson was an author I had long wanted to read but for a variety of reasons had been unable to. So when the opportunity arose to listen to – and […]

Tales of Terror from the Black Ship read by Bill Wallis

Audio-book cover image of Chris Priestley's Tales of Terror from the Black Ship read by Bill Wallis.

A few years back I read and thoroughly enjoyed Chris Priestley’s Tales of Terror from the Tunnel Mouth, so when the opportunity arose to listen to an audio-book version of Tales of Terror from the Black Ship I jumped at the chance. Written for ages 9+ the Tales of Terror series is a perfect example […]

Winner of the Sony Young Movellist of the Year announced

From over 100 entries, Helen Hiorns, age 19 chosen as winner by Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman.

Online writing community, Movellas.com and Random House Children’s have announced that the winner of the Sony Young Movellist competition, which launched in February 2013 is 19 year-old Helen Hiorns from Coventry. Helen’s novel, The Name On Your Wrist, was chosen from over 100 entries by Children’s Laureate Blackman and her prize is a publishing contract […]

Inaugural Folio Prize 2014 announces its panel of judges

Lavinia Greenlaw (credit Julian Abrams)

The Folio Prize has today announced the panel of judges for the inaugural prize. Lavinia Greenlaw (pictured right) has been drawn as Chair of a jury comprising international writers Michael Chabon, Sarah Hall, Nam Le and Pankaj Mishra, all of whom are drawn from the Academy. The Folio Prize, worth £40,000, will recognise and celebrate […]

News round-up, July 2013

Pedro Pascal, who will play the Red Viper in the Game of Thrones series.

A quick round-up of the fantasy-related news items that have been published over the last thirty days. George RR Martin defends decision to cast Pedro Pascal as the Red Viper in Game of Thrones series Writer Martin said he wasn’t at the Chilean actor’s audition, but that he thought Pascal would be ‘wonderful’ as Oberyn […]

Winner of the 2013 Book Illustration Competition announced

Finn Dean's winning illustrations.

An artist who embraced the challenge of illustrating Aldous Huxley’s dystopian fable, Brave New World, has won the third Book Illustration Competition. Beating over 500 entrants, Finn Dean’s illustrations form part of a commission for the Folio Society edition of Brave New World, featuring an introduction by multi award-winning writer Ursula K Le Guin; it […]

Books of the Month

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