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Scott Pack
Scott Pack is publisher at Aardvark Bureau. He writes books and eats cake.
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Story: Teach Yourself Tsilanti: Preface Author: Ken Kalfus Collection: Coup De Foudre What starts out as the supposed preface to a book about a forgotten language gradually morphs into a love letter to a barista at the author's local coffee shop. The Tsilanti language sounds fascinating: Tsilanti has thirty-one separate... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Me And My Short Stories
Delighted to hear here, and on Twitter, that people are checking out Cowper's work. Everything I have read of his so far has been very good.
I hope you do, Annabel, and please let me know what you think.
A very good point, Dan, and one that Cowper does mention in a short note at the beginning of the book which suggests it is a sort of in-joke (he claims George is a Heinlein fan).
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I was in the middle of reading a shedload of submissions for Aardvark Bureau and needed a break. I wanted to read an actual physical book, but I didn't have time for a long one. I picked Worlds Apart by... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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'Does for literature and the ’90s what Withnail & I did for acting and the ’60s.' That's what I've said in the press release for my latest Aardvark Bureau signing which we've announced today. It's a memoir by novelist Matthew... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
Two of the translators I will be working with at Aardvark Bureau, Jay Rubin and Ted Goosen, along with one of my favourite children's book illustrators, Satoshi Kitamura, joined Motoyuki Shibata and Aoko Matsuda in New York last week to... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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How's this for a quote? ‘It makes me very happy to know that even now I can read this novel written over a hundred years ago as if it were a contemporary account and be deeply affected by it. It... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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I knew nothing of Cockaigne before I read this modern take, in prose poem style, by Catherine Smith. Fortunately, Smith explains all before the poem kicks off. The Land of Cockaigne was a medieval hedonistic fantasy, explored in legend, oral... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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...until I read Victoria Williamson's You Are the Music. 1. Babies are musical from a very early age, with the ability to identify differences in pitch and tone. 2. There is no evidence that playing music to babies, either while... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
Thanks Emma!
Toggle Commented Apr 30, 2015 on April: In Review at Me and My Big Mouth
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I read some books during April. Here's what I thought of them. Damien Wilkins - Max Gate Thomas Hardy lies dying in Max Gate, the Dorset home he designed and where he wrote Tess, The Mayor of Casterbridge and Jude.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
This is the day that Aardvark Bureau, my publishing imprint, has officially signed a biography of The The by Neil Fraser. Let's celebrate with a song. Those of you with medium-term memories will recall that I had signed this back... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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Back in March I contacted the leaders of all the politcal parties (or, at least, all the ones I had heard of) and asked them if they'd answer five questions about books. These were the five questions: What was the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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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 Apr 26, 2015 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 Apr 19, 2015 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 Apr 19, 2015 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