A tragic storyline in "Orange is the New Black" made Adiba Jaigirdar write her first novel, in a roundabout way. “A while back there were a couple of weeks where all the queer characters on TV were just dying,” she tells me, over a Zoom chat from her home in Dublin. “On ‘The Hundred’, Lexa died, and on ‘Orange is the New Black’, Poussey died—I remember closing my laptop and thinking: ‘I’m done with these shows!’ I got so depressed knowing that that’s the ending the characters got.”
Sarah Gilmartin admits "there has been a game-keeper turned poacher headline” in the Irish press in the run-up to the release of her début novel, after putting in eight years as a literary critic for the Irish Times. And she was a very specific sort of gamekeeper, as her brief for the Times was to concentrate on, yes, débuts.
Lucy Caldwell has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award for the third time, in a year dominated by new voices.
Ahead of its 25-year anniversary, the founder of independent bookshop No Alibis talks about his budding list of publications, its roots in the crime fiction community, and the famous faces who have visited its renowned in-store gigs.
Book Twitter loves jumping on a meme and making it literary, and I am here for it. This meme started in 2019, but it gained popularity in September of 2021. It satirizes the performative unfollowing/softblocking of problematic people on Twitter by taking it to the extreme: “Oof, okay, softblocking now. Followed him for his jokes, didn’t realize he ritually sacrificed goats to gain mystical power.” The appeal is partly the acknowledgement of the weird landscape of social media, where you can be guilty by association by following someone without knowing everything they’ve ever done or said, but also — in...
Having worked on the launch of John Murray Press list Basic Books, a sibling to the US imprint of the same name, while suffering from long Covid, Sarah Caro is primed to release its first titles
As this article is partly about being a late-diagnosed neurodivergent writer, I’ll start with the caveat that neurodivergent people definitely don’t experience life in the same way so I can’t speak about the experiences of others, only my own.
BBC Books is releasing Match of the Day: Top 10 Everything by Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer, and Micah Richards, to accompany a new 30-episode series of the hit BBC Sounds podcast.
Wildfire has acquired Love from the Pink Palace: Memories of Love, Loss and Cabaret Through the AIDS Crisis, a memoir by Jill Nalder, the real-life inspiration behind the character Jill from Channel 4's "It’s a Sin".