Monthly Archives: July 2009

Pocket Paperbacks 3: The Publisher’s Viewpoint

Simon Taylor, Transworld editor, responds to the formats issue: ‘In the UK, (the large size) is generally referred to as B format. Trade paperbacks tend to be larger still – Royal octavo or Demy formats. But in the US they call it trade paperback; whereas the smaller format is referred to as A format, or […]

The Pocket Book Campaign: Downsizing The Word

Over the years, the paperback has moved in the opposite direction to everything else – it just keeps getting bigger. What used to be referred to as a Trade Paperback is now becoming the Mass Market paperback (and sometimes it seems that these paving slab-sized novels inversely reflect the slender talents of their authors.) But […]

Bring Back The Pocket Paperback!

I’m going to compare books and toasters, but stay with me. The reason why the toaster made so much money was because it was the first kitchen gadget invented to do only one thing – to toast machine-sliced bread. Recently I noticed that French people don’t use toasters much, because everyone has different bread and […]

Thanks Harrogate!

Having spent the weekend in the genteel no-riff-raff-here Yorkshire town of Harrogate, where the sun was shining, the streets were spotless and a surprising number of people were smiley and jolly, I’d like to say thanks to everyone who made it such fun. It was great to hang out with Jasper Forde, Simon Kernick, Laura […]

British Couple Starve To Death On Luxury Yacht

We’ve all met creeps who trade on their perceived charm to live beyond their means – having worked in films, I’ve met more than most – but this story takes the biscuit. I particularly like the comments made by the girlfriend’s father halfway through – how did THAT happen? Read the full ghastly story here.

New Kid On The Block

Clerkenwell Tales is a new independent bookshop in Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell. Its owner, Peter Ho, is stocking it with his favourite authors to begin with – a very smart thing to do, as I’m thankfully in there – and is passionate and knowledgeable about his stock. It’s the sign of a good shop that you […]

The Return Of British SF

I can’t remember the last time I had to grab a single seat in a cinema because it was so full, but ‘Moon’ was a sellout this week in London. It seems some audiences may have grown tired of Hollywood films that shout at you between explosions. Sam Rockwell deserves some kind of major award […]

Summer Beaches

In the last few years it’s become fashionable to build a beach in an urban area for the summer. It’s been done beside the Thames, and here below, beside the Seine. But clearly, what works in Paris doesn’t work out in Nottingham, the grim Midlands town famous for its terrible hotels and tacky nightclubs (although […]

If Britain Was A Village…

If Britain was a village of just one hundred people, what would it be like to live in? This is a fun article from today’s Independent, and you can read it here. Interesting to note that 78% of the country owns passports (in the USA, only 21.7% own passports) and a third of the village […]

So Farewell Then Holidays

It’s goodbye to this… Hello to this, and this. But there are some fun nights coming up. Don’t forget the Murder One event (see under Films/ Books) starting at 6:30pm, Thurday July 23rd at HOME bar and gallery, 100-106 Leonard Street, Shoreditch, London, near the corner of Leonard Street and Great Eastern Street. I’ll be […]