Category: Books

As the name suggests, this is where you’ll find everything I’ve written about books, publishing, authors, book stores and more. I’ve had the pleasure of talking to some renowned novelists and thinkers including Joe Hill, Jared Diamond, David Brin, Naomi Wolf, Kim Stanley Robinson and Matthew Reilly.

But it’s also been a way of exploring some big ideas facing technology, society and the economy, whether it’s the lack of contact from interstellar civilisations, the role of pornography not just in technology but human communication overall or how graphic design is changing in the web age.

I’ve also turned the spotlight back on the book industry itself, looking at everything from the challenge of keeping boys interested in reading to the latest innovations in distribution to fiction sales’ dirty little secret about the genre that keeps it afloat.

The Future Files

You only have to look at a sentence like ‘Customisation [sic] encourages experimentation, which drives innovation’ to understand the market Watson thinks he’s speaking to, where business doublespeak usurps common English. Thankfully it has much broader appeal. … Continue readingThe Future Files

Head in the Clouds

"You don’t want to take yourself too seriously," Pretor-Pinney cautions, "we make fun of a certain nerdiness in talking about clouds and it’s important to see the funny side in what you do. Finding shapes in the clouds is a pointless, aimless activity that has great value in reminding us not to be too adult or clever." … Continue readingHead in the Clouds

Duma Key

Without warning, Freemantle is inspired to sketch and paint the endless Gulf of Mexico that stretches away in front of his rented house, then finds himself inserting abstract objects into his work from memories of his accident, family, and unexplained objects that you just know are sinister. … Continue readingDuma Key

The Naked Author

We evolved as a tribal animal living in small groups, so we’re not really suited to big cities. The solution is to ensure cities still provide the feeling of belonging to a small tribe within the super-tribe — friends, colleagues or family. … Continue readingThe Naked Author

Blaze

Blaze is as easy to read as it is high in quality and, although King has left the ghouls and shapeshifters far behind, it will remind his fans why they’ve loved his work for four decades. … Continue readingBlaze

Death, Sex & Money

Young has good access to editorial movers and shakers on two continents, but he’s more interested in the process and people that determine what ends up on the page than the bombshells about bloodthirsty and opportunistic journalists you’re hoping for. … Continue readingDeath, Sex & Money