Books through my lens #29

I stumbled across this exhibition in London a few years ago and there was so much talent on display! Here are a few of my favourite illustrations...

Happy Publication Day to Caroline Bond + competition

Publication day is here and you can now find The Second Child both in bookshops and online. 
Please join me to express a big congratulations to a great debut author, Caroline Bond, and to all those who have supported her on her publishing journey - from her agent at Greene & Heaton to the team at Corvus and her family.
To celebrate in style, Corvus are giving one of you the chance to win a copy of The Second Child. How exciting is that?! All you have to do is follow me on Twitter and retweet the competition post by 15/04. Comments left here below will count as extra entries (one per person). Good luck!
In the meantime, you can find my review of the book here and my interview with Caroline here. Enjoy and - as always - I'd love to know your thoughts!

My favourite quotes #7

Briefing is terse, factual and to the point. Reading is untidy, discursive and perpetually inviting. Briefing closes down a subject, reading opens it up.
From “The Uncommon Reader” by Alan Bennett
What are your favourite quotes? Share them on Twitter or in the comments below!

We need to talk about books! #1

This week I have the pleasure of catching up with Yuli Atta from Damaged Pages, where she writes about books and everything book related.

So, without further ado, here it goes...

First of all, how did you choose the name of your blog? I love it!

I had a hard time choosing a name for my blog because I wanted something original and personal to me but I also wanted something easy to remember. I was trying to choose between Smudged Ink and Damaged Pages because they are things that constantly happen to my books. While I like Smudged Ink better, I can barely pronounce it so I chose Damaged Pages instead! I always end up damaging my pages one way or another. Be it by bending corners or getting one of these ink smudges, something always happens.

Are your bookshelves a ‘work in progress’ like mine or are they clearly and systematically organised? Tell us a little bit about your method if you have one.

I like to think that my bookshelves (both the ones in my home country and in the UK) are very wel…

Podcast review: Virago Books - Sarah Waters

The first episode of the Virago Books Podcast this year was a juicy conversation with Sarah Waters in the year that marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of Tipping the Velvet.

In slightly less than 40 minutes we learn the circumstances that brought this wonderful historical romance to life, the changes that the LGBT community has witnessed over the last 20 years and so much more.

Fascination with male impersonators, storytelling, reader / writer experiences, adaptations for TV and theatre… I savoured every single topic that was discussed.

I can’t remember which was the first lesbian novel I read but I have a very strong feeling that it might have been Tipping the Velvet. And if it wasn’t, it was definitely the first lesbian novel that showed me that a happy ending wasn’t impossible for girls like me.

I wish I could have told her exactly this when I met Sarah Waters at a book signing back in 2007. Instead, shyly handing her my copy of The Night Watch, I mumbled something about lik…

Blog tour announcement: The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter

I am very excited to announce that I will be taking part in the upcoming blog tour for the publication of The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter by Cherry Radford.

The tour will start on April 23rd and will stop here on Book After Book on April 27th. I look forward to sharing my thoughts on this book with you!

Books through my lens #28

This is my favourite sequence from the sweet film My Afternoons with Margueritte because it's true... books can take you to places you've never been before!