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Papertrail is a monthly interview series where writers share and discuss three books that have inspired and influenced them. Find new authors, discover exciting books, and get creative insights from exciting writers.
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Jan 19, 2018

Dr Preti Taneja is the author of 'We That Are Young', published by Galley Beggar Press. We that are young was listed as one of the Sunday Times' 'Books of 2017'. She is also the author of a novella 'Kumkum Malhotra' which was published in 2015 and won the Gatehouse Press New Fictions Prize.

As well as being a writer, Preti is a Leverhulme Early Career Reseach Fellow at Warwick University working in the department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, and the Centre for Human Rights in Practice. She is also the co-founder and editor of Visual Verse, an anthology of art and words.

Preti's Book Choices:


You can find out more about Preti by visiting her website. And you can follow her on Twitter @PretiTaneja.

Dec 16, 2017

Niven is the author of four books. Including All the Days And Nights, and Black Bread White Beer. He has also been featured in Best British Short Stories 2017. He is currently working on his next novel.

NIVEN'S BOOK CHOICES:

Niven tweets @Niven_Govinden. You should also check out the Tumblr for Black Bread White Beer

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Nov 18, 2017

Dan is the author of 'Climbing Days' in which he retraces the steps of his great-great-aunt and uncle, the mountaineers Dorothy Pilley and I.A. Richards . He is also the author of 'The Beechwood Airship Interviews', and co-authored 'Holloway' with Robert Macfarlane and Stanley Donwood. He is currently working on his next book, Outpost.

DAN'S BOOK CHOICES:

But Beautiful by Geoff Dyer
The Book of Fame by Lloyd Jones
Bluets by Maggie Nelson

Dan tweets @Dan_Zep

 

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Oct 20, 2017

Darran is the author of 'Imaginary Cities', an exploration of metropolis, imagination, and the symbiosis within. It was published by Influx Press. His second book, Tidewrack will be released on the 8th of March 2018 from Chatto & Windus. It is the second in a trilogy of books about cities. He is a Contributing Editor for White Noise Magazine.

DARRAN'S BOOK CHOICES:


Darran tweets prolifically @Oniropolis and you can visit his website for more information about what he's up to.

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Sep 14, 2017

Joanna Walsh is a writer of fiction and non, fiction. Her latest book, 'Worlds From The Words End', is available now from And Other Stories. She has been published in a number of magazines, including Granta Magazine, Gorse Journal, and the Dublin Review. She is also a contributing editor at 3:AM Magazine and Catapult.co

You can read her experimental digital novella 'Seed' for free here.

JOANNA'S BOOK CHOICES:


Joanna tweets @badaude. You can find out all about her on her website. She also runs the twitter account @read_women

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Aug 18, 2017

Dan is a writer and journalist. His first novel 'The Unauthorised Biography of Ezra Maas' is currently available for pre-order from the wonderful Dead Ink Books. You can pre-order your copy of Ezra Maas, as well as four other excellent new titles, by visiting Dead Ink's Site.

DAN'S BOOK CHOICES:

  1. The Eye of the Beholder by Marc Behm
  2. The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
  3. House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski


Dan tweets @DanJamesWriter. You can find out all about him on his website.

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Jul 16, 2017

Cassandra is a writer of fantastic stories that blend cultures, mythologies, and the modern world together in wonderful ways. The sequel to her fantastic novella 'Hammers on Bone' will be out in August 2017, and she is also one of the writers for the eagerly anticipated '2084' from Unsung Stories.

CASSANDRA'S BOOK CHOICES:


Cassandra tweets @CassKhaw. You can find out all about her work, both existing and upcoming, on her website

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Jun 17, 2017

This month I'm joined by novelist Helen McClory. Helen's novel, Flesh of the Peach, is available now from Freight Books. She is also the author of On The Edges of Vision, a collection of short stories.

HELEN'S BOOK CHOICES:

  1. The Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington
  2. The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa
  3. Hera Lindsay Bird by Hera Lindsay Bird


Helen tweets @HelenMcClory and you can find out more about her on her website. She also curates a wonderful TinyLetter with essays on under-hyped books.

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May 11, 2017

Sarah is an Online Editor at The Bookseller, and writes about books for Stylist Magazine. She is also the co-founder of BAME in publishing, a network for people who are from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds and who work in the UK publishing industry, to come together and connect.

SARAH'S BOOK CHOICES:

  • The Peacock Garden by Anita Desai
  • Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling
  • The Good Immigrant, edited by Nikesh Shukla

Pippa tweets @sarahshaffi and you can find out more about her on her website.

Apr 11, 2017

Pippa is a Novelist and Short Story writer with a PhD in Astronomy. She was awarded a New Writers Award in 2012 by the Scottish Book Trust and her novel 'The Falling Sky' was runner-up in the Dundee International Book Prize. Her latest collection, 'The Need For Better Regulation Of Outer Space', is clever and entertaining, exploring untold stories about science and scientists.

PIPPA'S BOOK CHOICES:

Pippa tweets @goldipipschmidt and you can find out more about her and her upcoming projects on her website.

Mar 15, 2017

Martine is a novelist and the Programme Leader of the MA in Creative Writing & Publishing at the University of Sussex. Her previous novels are 'After Pheonix' and 'I Have Waited and You Have Come'. Her latest novel, Narcissism for Beginners was released earlier this month from Unbound.

MARTINE'S BOOK CHOICES:

Martine Tweets @MartineM_Writer and you can find out more about her, her writing, and upcoming events on her website.

Feb 10, 2017

Paul is the Editor of 'Elsewhere', a journal of place. His latest book, 'Ghosts on the Shore: Travels along Germany's Baltic Coast' will be published in June by Influx Press. You can find much of his writing about place on the website 'Caught by the River'.

Paul's Book Choices:

  • Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere by Jan Morris (Faber Books)
  • Yugoslavia, My Fatherland by Goran Vojnović (Istros Books)
  • What I Saw by Joseph Roth (W. W. Norton & Company)

Paul Tweets @underagreysky and @seeyouelsewhere

Jan 20, 2017

Irenosen is the author of two books. Her novel 'Butterfly Fish' won a 2016 Betty Trask Award, and her short story collection 'Speak Gigantular' is Longlisted for the inaugural Jhalak prize. Both books are published by Jacaranda Books.

IRENOSEN'S BOOK CHOICES:

Geek Love - Katherine Dunn (Abacus)
Glyph - Percival Everett (Graywolf Press)
Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen - Marilyn Chin (Penguin)

She tweets @IrenosekOkojie and you can visit her website for more information.

SHOW NOTES:

Mentioned: Ishmael Reed

What Irenosen's reading at the moment: Kevin Barry's Beatlebone

Dec 15, 2016

Kerry is the Author of two books: 'Tony Hogan Bought Me An Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma' won the Scottish First Book Award. And her second, 'THIRST', won the Prix Femina Étranger, France's most prestigious award for foreign fiction. She is also the founder of The WoMentoring Project.

Kerry's Book Choices:

Jazz - Toni Morrison (Vintage Books)
The Accidental Tourist - Anne Tyler (Vintage Books)
'Tis - Frank McCourt (Harper Perennial)

She tweets @KerrysWindow and you can visit her website for more information

Show Notes:

2:20 The Accidental Tourist discussion begins.

17:25 Jazz discussion begins.

26:40 'Tis discussion begins.

40:20 Kerry speaks about her involvement with the WoMentoring Project.

Nov 15, 2016

Hannah is a Graphic Novelist and illustrator. She has also worked as a Tutor for the Arvon Foundation and was the Online Writer in Residence for Booktrust.

HANNAH'S BOOK CHOICES:

She tweets at @streakofpith and you can find out more about her/her books on her website.

Show Notes:

Other books mentioned:

  • Emily Carroll co-created a game called 'THE YAWHG' (Hannah apologises for mauling the spelling in the original recording)
  • Becoming Unbecoming, by Una. About Peter Sutcliffe, The Yorkshire Ripper

Publishers mentioned:

Hannah recommends the following comic shops:

"both of these shops are light and airy and welcoming. Anyone concerned about walking into a sweaty comics dungeon needn't worry."

Oct 14, 2016

Lara is a writer working and living in Manchester. Her debut short story collection, 'Treats', was published this year by Freight.

Lara's Book Choices:

  1. Two Girls, Fat and Thin - Mary Gaitskill
  2. The Gin Closet - Leslie Jamison
  3. Self Help - Lorrie Moore


She tweets at @Lara_A_Williams

Aug 30, 2016

Harry is a writer and an artist. His debut novel, Anatomy of a Soldier, came out this year and was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize. He's currently working on his second novel.

Harry's Book Choices:

  1. For Whom The Bell Tolls - Earnest Hemingway
  2. How To Be Both - Ali Smith
  3. Pincher Martin - William Golding

He tweets at @harrybparker

Aug 19, 2016

Simon runs a YouTube channel focused on teaching people about physics, climate science, and studying. He also makes videos that help people who are applying, or considering applying, to Oxford and Cambridge university. 

His Youtube Channel is 'SimonOxfPhys'

Simon's Book Choices:

  1. My Family and Other Animals - Gerald Durrell
  2. Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert M. Pirsig
  3. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

He tweets @SimonOxfPhys

Jul 23, 2016

Sophie's short story 'Grace' won The White Review Short Story Prize this year. She has also been published in Tank Magazine, Neon, and Valve Journal.

She is currently working on a book about an all-female community on an oil rig at the end of the world.

SOPHIE'S BOOK CHOICES:

  1. Morvern Callar - Alan Warner
  2. Nobody Is Ever Missing - Catherine Lacey
  3. Ice - Anna Kavan

She tweets at @fairfairisles

Jun 15, 2016

Neil's debut novel 'The Moon King' came out in 2014 and was nominated for the 2015 BSFA award and British Fantasy award.

He lives and works in Glasgow, and is a member of the Glasgow SF Writers Circle.

NEIL'S BOOK CHOICES:

  1. The Wooden Sea - Jonathan Carroll
  2. Zombie - Joyce Carol Oates
  3. The Limits of Enchantment - Graham Joyce

He blogs at ayeahmur and tweets @neilwilliamson

May 19, 2016

Paul's first novel 'River of Ink' was released at the beginning of 2016. He is currently working on his second novel.

“An extraordinary debut … Paul M.M. Cooper is writer of real talent … River of Ink is what historical fiction should be: immersive, illuminating and captivating” –  The Times

PAUL'S BOOK CHOICES:

  1. My Name Is Red - Orhan Pamu

  2. Alias Grace - Maragaret Atwood

  3. Sexing The Cherry - Jeanette Winterson

Paul's Twitter

Paul is published by Bloomsbury

Apr 15, 2016

Tim released his first book, 'The Last King of Lydia' in 2013. Shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, it was one of my favourite books that year. He has since released a sequel 'The King and The Slave'. 

He lives in Sheffield and teaches on the Warwick University undergraduate writing program.

TIM'S BOOK CHOICES:

  1. Watership Down - Richard Adams
  2. Tales from Ovid - Ted Hughes
  3. East of Eden - John Steinbeck
  4. Bluets - Maggie Nelson

Both of Tim's books are published by Atlantic Books.

Tim's Website and Twitter.

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