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  • Small Wonder Festival

    I love a good short story and the form is enjoying something of a resurgence. Charleston is ahead of the curve with its annual Small Wonder festival, an atmospheric occasion that bring together author talks, workshops and performance in a huge marquee. Last year I saw a fascinating talk about the Russian underworld with a […]

  • New books for May

    Need a new book? You're in the right place. Muddy's pro bookworm Kerry Potter has a bumper selection of May's rave reads

  • Real-life Reads

    Muddy's pro-bookworm Kerry Potter is all about real-life stories this month. Well, the truth is often stranger than fiction, after all.

  • Best books for presents

    Muddy's pro-bookworm Kerry Potter gives us her literary picks of the year. Is your favourite on the list?

  • The cosiest bookshop in Sussex?

    By the time I got round to visiting Much Ado Books for the first time the other week it was like meeting an old friend. I’d been following this fabulous Alfriston bookshop online for a while, flagging up some of its author meets and craft workshops in my what’s ons and being impressed by some of its rare […]

  • Why it’s actually good for you to be ‘lazy’

    We all do it, don’t we?  Take on too much and then get stressed out about it — it’s far too easy to be busy all the time.  Muddy Berkshire editor Sarah has been chatting with Laurence Shorter, whose new book is all about the delights and benefits of being lazy – well sort of.  Feet up […]

    • Young adult authors coming to Sussex and Mother Tongue reviewed

      Four hot names in young adult fiction are coming to Waterstones in Brighton this Tuesday 6 Sept. Laura Dockrill, Claire Hennessy, Julie Mayhew and local Worthing author Jess Vallance will be talking to Elle‘s literary editor about their work and on the theme of growing pains. It kicks off at 18.30, so handy for after work and school and tickets […]

    • Sunday indulgence at Lewes Short Story Club

      We and our American cousins have plenty of cultural clashes, not least over what we believe constitutes both chips and irony. There is one point of difference however that has always baffled me. The short story is a well respected form in the States, penned by big names like Raymond Carver, Edgar Allen Poe, F. Scott Fitzgerald […]

      • Muddy Reviews: Brideshead Revisited, Theatre Royal, Brighton

        Like many people, my experience of Brideshead Revisited stems not from the Evelyn Waugh novel itself but the much-loved 1980s TV production that was spread over some 11 episodes. It’s a brave person then who makes a new adaptation of the novel. Just as we can’t now imagine Pride and Prejudice without Colin Firth and […]

      • Literary laughs at The Bad Book Project

        I couldn’t get further than the first page of The Da Vinci Code. The plot exposition was so heavy-handed in the opening paragraph alone that it made me wince. I know, I know, I missed out on a cracking good yarn but I figure life’s too short and my love of books too great for […]

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