I am absolutely thrilled to announce that this year I won’t be shadowing the Bailey’s Prize alone. Oh, no. I’m joined by five fantastic bloggers/writers/bookish people who all will be posting, tweeting and discussing the books longlisted for the prize on Tuesday. Here’s a short guide to each of us:
Eric Karl Anderson is an American-born writer who has lived in London for over a decade and runs the book blog www.LonesomeReader.com. He’s author of the novel ENOUGH which won the Pearl Street Publishing First Book Prize. He’s also keen on baking and watching disaster movies. Find him on Twitter @LonesomeReader
Antonia Honeywell is a teacher, a writer and an avid and promiscuous reader. Her debut novel, The Ship, a haunting dystopian fable for our times, is published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson. www.antoniahoneywell.com Twitter: @antonia_writes
Helen Stanton’s day job is a solicitor but she has always been an avid reader. She reads mainly ‘literary’ fiction but does stray into nonfiction from time to time, mainly social history and politics. She also reads Francophone fiction in French. Just over a year ago, she started a blog MadAboutTheBooks on which she reviews some of the books she reads. She enjoys engaging with other bibliophiles on Twitter and in the blogosphere. Her favourite book is Middlemarch. Twitter: @Helannsta
Daniel Lipscombe’s life pretty much revolves around books. He is an event programmer for a book festival, he writes about them for various online places and he is a freelance fiction editor. He occasionally blogs about them, when he finds time, but usually he just ends up reading another book instead. https://utterbiblio.wordpress.com
Paola Rucocco: A bookish child (or po-faced pedant, depending on whom you speak to), I was discouraged by my oh-so-sensible parents from studying English and opted for Computer Science – a ‘proper’ subject – instead. But you can’t keep a would-be writer down and I segued into technical authoring before finally plucking up the courage to try my hand at fiction. The years passed, I acquired an agent but no publisher, a bad Twitter habit, and no money whatsoever. Maybe my oh-so-sensible parents had the right idea after all. Twitter: @paola_ruocco
Paola is currently away travelling but she’ll join us on her return later this month and will be blogging on readwritehead.
I hope you enjoy the discussion and join in, we’d love to hear your thoughts when the judging process gets underway.