Goodreads Choice Semi-Finals

Super-stoked that The Shining Girls made the semi-finals of GoodReads Choice Awards Best Books of 2013 in the Mystery & Thriller section.  There are some very fine books on the list (and in the other categories, including some of the books I loved most this year). If you have a moment spare, click through to […]

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The Power of Reviews

Sometimes reviews tell you things you hadn’t realized about your book, that you can later nod sagely and claim, “Oh yeah, that’s totally what I was doing. Planned it all along. Glad you picked up on that.” Sometimes reviews teach you cool new words, like uchronia, which was casually bust out in this write-up by […]

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Here Be Deskcats

Free to good home.* 1x adorable desk cat. Ginger. Male. Seven years old. Very sweet tempered and affectionate. Mostly. Answers (sometimes) to “Boy” or “Sputnik”. Definitely does not bite your fingers when you are trying to type your frigging book. Definitely not.   (*Not really really, we’ll keep him, thanks. But if my new novel […]

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In Great Losing Company

On Thursday night last week, The Shining Girls did not win the Gold Dagger for Best Thriller in the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards. That honour was taken by Mick Herron, for his “wickedly clever send-up of the classic British spy novel”, Dead Lions, which sounds terrific, and he’s supposed to be very charming and lovely himself. I […]

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Unathi Battles The Black Hairballs in Finnish

My demented story of killer hairballs and art monsters, Unathi Battles The Black Hairballs came out in Finnish translation in kick-ass SF/comics/pulp magazine Tahtivaeltaja with the most incredible illustrations by Olli Hihnala, that totally nail it! Can someone pay for me and Olli to do this as a comic please? (And yes, okay, maybe this could be, in […]

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Book of the Year – Exclusive Books’ Readers’ Choice Award

The Shining Girls is Book of The Year in Exclus1ve Books’ Readers’ Choice award. Thanks to all the wonderful choosy readers! It was up against nine other titles, selected as Book of the Month, throughout the year, including Perfect by Rachael Joyce and Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. It’s apparently quite rare for a South African book to take […]

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All The Pretty Corpses: On Violence

I wrote an essay over at The Richard & Judy Bookclub, about the treatment of violence in The Shining Girls, the personal story that partly inspired the book, why violence in fiction should be upsetting and how we talk about victims. Here’s the opening. Click through to read in full.   (Trunk Girl ad via The […]

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Cosmo Book Club On The Shining Girls

I’m thrilled that The Shining Girls is the kick-off title for Cosmopolitan Magazine UK’s new Book Club.  Interestingly, Cosmopolitan’s Lorna Gray told me that get the most hits when they post about books on the blog, over and above celebrity news, health, fashion or lifestyle, which is inspiring. Women: well-rounded. Who would have thought? (Insert sarcasm mark […]

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