Monthly round ups

April round up

April has been a hell of a bookish month.

There have been award shortlist announcements, great book releases and news that physical books have won the sales war with e-readers – yeah! We all know we were always on the side of the real, sniffable, tangible tome.

So, what else happened this month? Get a brew, stick your feet up and let’s find out.

Book news

The most exciting news of April was Book and Brew’s appointment as an official shadow judge for the Man Booker International Prize. We’ll be working with The Reading Agency for the third time to review one of the fantastic translated texts in the running for this year’s prize. Look out for more news shortly on which book we’ll be reading.

Man Booker International Prize

I also profiled the shortlist for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction – which is brilliant – and reviewed three of the six-strong shortlist. It’s a wonderful showcase of contemporary female writing and I can’t wait to see who wins in June.

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Book reviews

As well as my reviews of three of the Baileys shortlist, book club gave you its verdict on Swimming LessonsI previewed the new book from Cecelia Ahern, Perfectand Claire from book club reviewed The Bloody Miracles by last year’s Baileys Prize winner Lisa McInerney.

Swimming Lessons
Book club read Swimming Lessons in April

Happy birthday…to me

April marked the one-year anniversary of the Book and Brew blog. Yup, my baby’s all grown up.

Thanks again to everyone for their support in the last year. It’s been a brilliant 12 months of bookishness and things are only set to get bigger and better for Book and Brew.

Meet the author

We met three authors this month. David F Ross told us how his teenage jobs inspired his writing, while Diney Costeloe gave us the latest on her new novel.

We also spent five minutes with the delightful Stephanie Butland and learned about her fantastic new novel, Lost for Words. 

A night of noir

I visited Noir at the Bar in April, a brilliant spoken word night that profiles the best of crime fiction from the North East. Spending the night in a dark basement with noir writers has certainly given me a new appreciation for this genre – and some pretty weird dreams.

Bookish advice

I passed on some bookish wisdom this month by sharing my tips for getting your book reviewed by bloggers, and giving you the heads up on four fantastic new books that will be hitting bookshops in May.

My top picks for May

I hope you’ve enjoyed April in the company of Book and Brew – come back next month for more literary fiction goodness.

Dawn x

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