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Podcast: Hot Key Hot Titles 2015

In May’s YA Edition podcast, Kate mentions the YA titles from the Pan Macmillan/MyKindaBook Vlogger Evening Pub(lishing) Quiz, and then gives the lowdown on Hot Key Books’ hot titles coming up in the second half of 2015, which she heard about at the recent bloggers’ brunch. (more…)

Iain Banks: A Tribute

It was while out with friends, in a break between an impromptu game of rounders and a very British picnic involving a flask of tea, cherries and little sausages, that I heard the heart-breaking news of the death of Iain Banks.  The strangeness of the contrast between this awful loss and the time and place left me baffled – numb, I took it in in silence, and then put it to one side, to deal with later.  It wasn’t the moment.

Some time has passed and it’s given me a chance to consider the impact that Banks and his work have had on me as a reader, but also as a person, and a citizen of the world; universe, even.  Perhaps that sounds a bit hyperbolic, but in fact, I think my reading of Banks’ incredible fiction, scientific or otherwise, has been fundamentally important. (more…)