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Scott Pack
Scott Pack is publisher at Aardvark Bureau. He writes books and eats cake.
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OK, so here, or in the comments below here to be more precise, is where we can discuss Part One of A Little Life. I won't put any major spoilers in the main blog post but if you delve into... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Me and My Big Mouth
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My son arrived home from Reading Festival at 5:20am so I found myself wide awake at an unearthly hour and picked up my Kindle to start reading A Little Life. I lasted half hour or so before my eyes grew... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Me and My Big Mouth
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I have already shared some thoughts on the books I read while I was away on holiday but here are some more on the books I read since I got back. Nihad Sirees - The Silence and the Roar This... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Me and My Big Mouth
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Author: Jessie Greengrass Collection: An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to One Who Saw It As the title suggests, this is a sailor's account of the Great Auk, a penguin-like flightless bird that became extinct in the 19th century. Why did it die off? Because sailors... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Me And My Short Stories
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OK, if you are late to this here is a quick recap. A bunch of us are going to start reading A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara on Monday. It is a bloody long, and supposedly traumatic, book so we... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Me and My Big Mouth
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Author: Elizabeth McCracken Collection: Thunderstruck The opening story in a collection is vital. It sets the tone. It pulls you in. It leads you by the hand through the remainder of the pages. Unless, like this one, it is clunky, confused, confusing and unbalanced. McCracken tries to do too much... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Me And My Short Stories
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Something happens mid-way through The Genius and the Goddess that I can't really call a twist, as it isn't pertinent to the plot, although it did change my perception of the book. It also made me smile. Anyway we'll come... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Me and My Big Mouth
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On October 24th I will be hosting a Guardian Masterclass called 'A Publisher's Guide to Avoiding the Slush Pile'. You are all very welcome to attend but you will need to stump up £49. I am reasonably sure I'll be... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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Author: Raymond Carver Collection: Elephant Given that this blog is all about short stories, you'd think I would have read more Carver than it would appear, looking through the archives, I have actually done. I've enjoyed and been impressed by the stories I have read but they only number a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2015 at Me And My Short Stories
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Every now and then on this blog I attempt a bit of social reading. This is where I read a book—usually a well-known one, often quite a long one, on occasion a daunting one—and invite as many people as possible... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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I enjoyed 75% of Asunder by Chloe Aridjis. The first 25% was a neat and thoughtful set up. Marie works as a guard at the National Gallery. Her observations of the job are well-drawn and often quite funny, such as... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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Author: Paul Bowles Collection: Midnight Mass and other stories A man returns to Tangier, to the house in which he grew up, for the first time since the death of his mother. The place is in disrepair, with no hot water and all the valuable contents given away. He contacts... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2015 at Me And My Short Stories
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I am delighted to say that Aardvark Bureau, the imprint of Gallic Books I have been helping to set up, now has some actual books to sell. Hurrah etc. The Last Pier by Roma Tearne was a surprise, but very... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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Happy birthday to the gargantuan of science fiction that is Brian Aldiss. 90 years old today. It was my privilege and pleasure to be his publisher for several years. In this picture he is being forced, by me, to sign... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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As regular readers will recall, I took a pile of books away with me on holiday. I managed to read a fair few of them. Ricky Ponting - At the Close of Play With the Ashes in full flow I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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There are some great secondhand bookshops on the Isle of Wight. This is what I came home with. Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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July was a quiet month for me with less reading than normal. The reason? I have been writing lots of questions for Fifteen-to-One and a) that takes more time that you'd perhaps think and b) it means a lot of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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I am off on holiday. These are my companions. See you when I get back. Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
Martha, my daughter, has just broken up from school and was less than enamoured with the suggested reading list she was sent home with. Actually, there were some great books on there but I don't think she really wants to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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If you are going to write a novel pretty much entirely set inside an apartment block then you are going to have to accept that people are going to compare it to Life, A User's Manual. Unless, of course, they... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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Another June has gone by and I read some books, so I did. Delacorta - Diva Diva was one of the World Cinema classics of the 1980s. I finally got round to watching a couple of months ago. It was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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One of the things I am very keen to do with Aardvark Bureau* is find ways to celebrate books and storytelling without that always being about flogging the books that we publish. I do want to sell lots of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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I am happy to plug this writing course hosted by two mighty fine novelists. Well worth checking out if you have a work in progress or are thinking of getting your arse in gear with this writing lark. Write Words:... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
And we end where we started, with the wonderful Hello Saferide. Thanks for humouring me for the past fortnight. I hope you've enjoyed some of these stories. Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth