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Scott Pack
Scott Pack is publisher at Aardvark Bureau. He writes books and eats cake.
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Evelina's Garden Mary E. Wilkins Freeman Seconds Bryan Lee O'Malley A Canticle for Leibowitz Walter M. Miller Jr Don't Suck. Don't Die. Vic Chesnutt. Kristin Hersh Lost at Sea Bryan Lee O'Malley Gold Pollen and Other Stories Seiichi Hayashi The... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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Author: Andrés Neuman Collection: The Things We Don't Do My name is Marcos. I have always wanted to be Cristóbal. I don't mean I want to be be called Cristóbal. He is my friend; I was going to say my best friend, but I have to confess he is the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at Me and My Short Stories
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A quick catch up on the books I read this month before I swamp you tomorrow with my traditional list of everything I have read this year. But make the most of them, as these are likely to be my... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
He underestimated the porcupine. He thought it would be easy, this particular entertainment, but he overlooked its intelligence, its sharp embraces and the way it creates an intricate and elaborate doodle around the table. Wresting from his grip, it leaves... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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Author: Elizabeth Baines Collection: Used to Be A woman is in the kitchen, chatting with her two teenage sons. She thinks back to her younger self, a young woman who had no desire for any of this: family, farmhouse kitchen in the suburbs, settling down. A common enough theme, perhaps,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2015 at Me and My Short Stories
They had been snowed in for three weeks when they decided to start burning the books. Most of the furniture had gone by this point, as had some of their clothes and bedding. They were OK for food, the cupboards... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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Author: Victoria Briggs Collection: Short Fiction 9 Short Fiction is described by its editors as a 'visual literary journal' and, as the phrase suggests, it marries each story with some original artwork. This latest edition, volume nine, includes lots of additional art from David Shrigley, which is well worth a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2015 at Me and My Short Stories
She would walk past his window at the same time each day. On her way home from work, presumably. His kitchen window looked out onto the street and he would often be preparing his evening meal when the familiar clack... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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Author: Belinda McKeon Collection: The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers The headphones are more tangle than music now. I love that line. It has a mighty fine poetry to it and yet is such an everyday image. Something pretty much everyone can relate to. Alison is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2015 at Me and My Short Stories
Emma Elliot appears to have everything. She is a successful businesswoman, beautiful, clever, rich – and resolutely single. She sees no need for either love or marriage and has ditched any romantic prospects in favour of her career. But when... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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Author: Niven Govinden Collection: A Kind of Compass: Stories on Distance I have been dipping into this recent collection, edited by Belinda McKeon, and it contains some remarkable stories. This one, barely more than a page long, is particularly powerful. A young man, barely more than a boy, is falling.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2015 at Me and My Short Stories
So this year's top movies include some I saw at the London Film Festival, a fair few I watched on Mubi and other streaming media services and just one that was on general release in the cinema, which probably says... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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This year's Books of the Year list is a top five, rather than a top ten, because there were just five books that really stood out for me. Five books that I could easily hold up above all the others.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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As the red carpet is laid out, the drumroll begins and the excitement reaches fever pitch in anticipation of my Books of the Year being revealed later this week I thought I'd whet your collective appetite with some words of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
I haven't shared much music on the blog this year so here is a rundown of the best things I have been listening to during 2015. 10. Before We Forgot How to Dream by SOAK A bittersweet, fragile collection of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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The last thing the internet needs is another blog post recommending books for Christmas so here is mine and fuck you, internet. For the grown-up who not-so-secretly loves Horrible Histories... The Table of Less Valued Knights by Marie Phillips Marie... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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Is 19-years-old too young to have an existential crisis? What about 27? Katherine Carlyle, the titular narrator of the new novel from Rupert Thomson, considers herself to be both ages at once, having spent eight years as a frozen embryo... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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Some of you will be aware that I have written a few books under the pen name of Steve Stack. They are all what are euphemistically called 'toilet books', small volumes of non-fiction suitable for reading in short chunks. They... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
Anyone up for some mutual gift-giving this Christmas? Here are some referral and discount codes I have floating around. With each of them we both get some sort of benefit so if any appeal then do feel free to use... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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Regular readers may recall that The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt by Tracy Farr reached the dizzy heights of #2 in my Books of the Year list for 2014. This was a novel I first heard about while listening... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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Once again, most of the books I read in the past month were manuscripts for Unbound, so I can't really review them here. I did manage to read some books that were actually published and here's what I thought of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
So my week of open submissions on the blog is over. From Monday to Friday authors could pitch their unpublished books to me in an attempt to convince me to publish them at Unbound. And it was quite a week.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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In what is almost becoming a festive tradition, I have once again downloaded samples of all the big celebrity autobiographies that are currently piled high in bookshops in readiness for the Christmas rush. Some of these have cost their publishers... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth