Book of the week

06 Jun 2014 - 15:44

Welcome to the land of The Living
Léan Cullinan talks about the inspiration
behind her novel...

You know how a really good choir produces a smooth carpet of sound - a continuous texture, blended but not bland, at once compelling and relaxing, flexible and surprising and sweet?

Now imagine what that’s like from the inside.

Singing with such a choir is like discovering a gateway into a new universe, a blazing world, where you take your place, firm as a standing stone in a circle of standing stones, and your instrument is your body and the bodies of those around you, and there’s nothing between you and the music. When it all goes right, when everything coalesces and the individual singers fling down their boundaries and work together towards a unified expression of beauty, the sensation - I mean the palpable physical rush - is astonishing. It softens the muscles, rinses out the brain, and leaves you feeling airily, racingly alive.

Or at least it does me.

The character of Cate Houlihan in my novel The Living sings with a really good choir, as do I. Cate’s...

Featured Author
By webmistress
23 May 2014 - 13:30

Herman Koch's novel, The Dinner was the 'must-read' novel of summer 2012, and his latest novel Summer House with Swimming Pool is set to be the novel everyone is talking about. 

You can listen to Herman Koch talk with Start the Week about family secrets and his latest book, and read some great reviews below. 

'This book is horribly thrilling, and utterly entertaining...It is funny too...If I had to recommend a summer read, I would say take this book to the beach, you'll be gripped and chilled.' The Independent

Off the page
By Lucy
14 Jul 2014 - 15:36


The legendary singer is touring the UK again due to popular demand. Anyone Who Had a Heart is his sensational autobiography.           

‘Burt's romantic escapades were never-ending, as well as highly entertaining... an unusually revealing and even-handed portrait of a talent in a million.’ Daily Mail

‘Hugely entertaining... [Burt Bacharach is] illuminating on the craft of the songwriter; surprisingly candid on his often rackety personal life.’ Daily Telegraph


Burt Bacharach’s UK Tour Dates

Wednesday 23rd July: Royal Festival Hall, London

Saturday 26th July: Royal Festival Hall, London

Monday 28th July: Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Wednesday 30th July: Edinburgh Playhouse, ...

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