Great excitement in the book blogging world, as Shiny New Books, the online book recommendation magazine goes live! Make sure you drop in here to have a look!

I’ve popped in briefly and there is an amazing and impressive amount of content – from reviews of new volumes, reprints, fiction and non-fiction, and a fascinating-looking Bookbuzz section with all sorts of literature-related items! Can’t wait to read it all!

I have been lucky enough to be involved, and have reviewed two very different volumes which I adored:


“Autobiography of a Corpse” is the latest selection of Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky’s stories to be collected by NYRB, and it’s a cracker – a wonderful book of strange and thought-provoking fables.


“Born in Siberia” is a deeply personal memoir of Tamara Astafieva, a woman who’s lived through the Soviet era and into modern Russia, with stories stretching back to the revolution. It’s moving and fascinating and I was very glad to be given the chance to read and review it.

Shiny New Books promises to have a wealth of lovely bookish reading – so make sure you visit and sign up for the newsletter!