Idiopathy by Sam Byers

In my professional life (before children), I spent a large amount of time writing things for government ministers to ‘say’ (most often these things were published in documents, brochures and as part of press releases). The aim of the game was ‘sound bites’ – pithy little one-liners that got to the guts of the matter (in my case, it was all about river and water management) and made for ‘quotable quotes’ for ministers.

Idiopathy by Sam Byers is novel written in ‘sound bites’. Punchy, carefully crafted sentences (many of them funny and/or insightful) draped over a loose (and somewhat odd) plot.

“She wondered how people had ever achieved comprehensive worrying before Google, which listed fears you never knew you had in the order other people had them.” Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday – Debut Fiction 2013


What’s on my radar for 2013? I must admit I haven’t been scouting for news of debut authors although a few books due for release in the next few months have caught my eye.

I imagine that for debut authors it’s all about having a fabulous publisher and publicist. In a market crowded with people trying to get a break, why do some books (written by authors no one has ever heard of) attract attention? The Art of Fielding and Tigers in Red Weather are recent examples that come to mind.

The girls over at The Broke and the Bookish are asking bloggers which debuts they’re looking forward to this year. I’ve gone for quality not quantity with this list (*ahem* my excuse for not coming up with ten!). Continue reading