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Scott Pack
Scott Pack is publisher at Aardvark Bureau. He writes books and eats cake.
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Every now and then a proper buzz book comes along, a book that people have been excited about for months before it actually hits the shelves. What She Left is one such book. Signed by Penguin in a major international... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at Me and My Big Mouth
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I received this email from my Dad last week. He is in Greece. Allow me if you will to demonstrate the somewhat subtle differences in the basic idea of health and safety both in the UK and here in Greece.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Me and My Big Mouth
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I will be hosting what promises to be a very French evening at Blackwell's Holborn at the end of the month. Do pop along if you can. More details here. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Me and My Big Mouth
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Story: Gone Girl Author: James Burt Collection: Not for the Faint-Hearted James Burt does this thing every now and again where he creates a story, or a book of stories, hand-makes editions and then posts them out to people who want them. He sent me his latest collection of flash... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at Me And My Short Stories
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I am chuffed, nay thrilled, to welcome actor, comedian and writer Helen Lederer to my blog. Her first novel, Losing It, has been shortlisted for a major prize and is riding high in the charts (well, it is certainly in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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You know Dan Rhodes? He was one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists in 2003, won the E.M. Forster award in 2010, wrote that cracking short story collection Anthropology (101 stories of 101 words) and Timoleon Vieta Come Home... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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Over the weekend the author Anthony McGowan tweeted this: And then Twitter kicked off with lots of people, many of them book bloggers, up in arms that anyone would have the audacity to say such a thing. As is often... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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Story: Two Girls in a Boat Author: Emma Martin Collection: Two Girls in a Boat Emma Martin won the Commonwealth Prize for Two Girls in a Boat back in 2012 so it seems only fair that she made it the opening and eponymous story of her debut collection. Hannah returns... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: Tell Me the Truth Author: Adam Morris Collection: My Dog Gave Me the Clap This opening tale in a collection of linked stories featuring a charming, but occasionally off-putting, slacker named Saul sees him at the doctor's surgery with a nasty case of the 'green wang'. We discover how,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Me And My Short Stories
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Sorting through my old vinyl last week I came across this letter in a copy of Stanley Turrentine's 1961 album Comin' Your Way. Signatories include Bill Evans, Dexter Gordon, McCoy Tyner, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard and Turrentine himself. An interesting... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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I get sent lots of books to review. I try to read the opening chunk of all of them. Here's what I thought of the latest batch. Irvine Welsh - The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins I haven't managed to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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Notice how my reading has slowed down a bit now that I actually have a job. Anyway, here's what I read during March. Robert Edeson - The Weaver Fish A bizarre but captivating zoological, mathematical, technological, grammatical, architectural, aeronautical literary... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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Story: The Wheelbarrow Author: V.S. Pritchett Collection: On the Edge of the Cliff: Selected Short Stories The comendable Turnpike Books have once again unearthed a most interesting collection, this time some of V.S. Pritchett's stories. I have read a bit of Pritchett in the past, not much, but I enjoyed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: The Break Author: Tom Barbash Collection: Stay Up With Me A son returns from college to spend Christmas with his mother. She enjoys the time they spend together and admires the young man he has become. She liked his company, and lately she'd been starting to understand that this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: The Tree that Loved a Man Author: Ida Procter Collection: First House Have any of you heard of Ida Procter? I hadn't until I saw some posts on Twitter. A chap called @400FootGhost was saying this: It got retweeted by a friend of mine, @brenstrong. I was intrigued so... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at Me And My Short Stories
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On International Women's Day I wanted to address an issue that many have raised in the past. It may be a fairly superficial thing, and might not be as big a deal as some of the more serious and important... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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Guess what I have been doing this week? I have been setting up a brand new publishing imprint called Aardvark Bureau, that's what. Look, we have a logo and everything. Backed by those fine people at Gallic Books, who are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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Story: Chastity Author: Charles Baxter Collection: There's Something I Want You to Do Unusually for me, I read this whole book from start to finish pausing only for a night's sleep in between. I am used to dipping in out of story collections these days. Tackling one story at a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Me And My Short Stories
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Just before Christmas I signed up to a bacon subscription from Cure & Simple. Every two weeks they send me one of five differently cured packs of bacon. Slap bang through the letterbox. Their flavours are Thai, Bourbon (the drink,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
Story: Roy Spivey Author: Miranda July Collection: The New Yorker I have only actively* given up on one book this year, The First Bad Man by Miranda July. I adored her movie, Me and You and Everyone We Know, and had high hopes for the novel but it was just... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at Me And My Short Stories
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I read some books this month. Oh yes. Adele Geras - Out of the Dark One of the latest batch of Quick Reads titles. A soldier returns from WWI with horrific facial injuries and tries to start a new life... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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The heatwave has lasted for thirty days. People are leaving the town to get away from the endless sun. John is sitting in the bookshop he owns when he decides to join them. He closes up, intending to drive to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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...before I read The Almost Nearly Perfect People by Michael Booth. 1. Norwegian television station NRK once broadcast a six-day live feed from the deck of a ferry travelling from Bergen to Kirkenes. Half the population of the country tuned... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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Story: Kino Author: Haruki Murakami Collection: The New Yorker Thirty-something male narrator? Check. Has he recently split up with his wife? Check. Does he own a jazz bar? Check. Is there a cat? Check. Does the cat disappear at some point? Check. Is food mentioned at all? Check. Any chance... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Me And My Short Stories