Tuesday 30 November 2010

"Like a lepidopterist mounting a tough-skinned insect with a too blunt pin"

The bad sex in fiction award has been...errrr...awarded.

A few days left to listen to Ian Rankin's favourite music of 2010. And Rebus' favourite pub is named as one of the Famous 100. While the pub featured in Trainspotting is up for a Pub Oscar.

News from Douglas Lindsay's blog that he's started work on a new non-Barney Thompson crime novel. Excellent news.

Charles Cumming in conversation with Dominic West.

A review of M C Beaton's DEATH OF A CHIMNEY SWEEP, the Washington Times reviews Alexander McCall Smith's THE CHARMING QUIRKS OF OTHERS, and Laura Wilson in The Guardian reviews Aline Templeton's CRADLE TO GRAVE.

And a couple of reviews for Philip Kerr - one for A QUIET FLAME, and one for THE ONE FROM THE OTHER. And the man himself talks about writing, his office and yoga on the Sky Arts Book Show.

Jane Hammons goes to Bouchercon to see Kate Atkinson.

New Zealander Andrew Porteous wins an international publishing competition with his book A POLITICAL AFFAIR, about a half-Maori, half-Scottish detective. Congratulations, Andrew.

The lovely people at Five Leaves on Scotland's apparent shortage of names - citing both Russel McLean and the newly signed up Michael Malone as examples.


  1. "Like a lepidopterist mounting a tough-skinned insect with a too blunt pin he ... her."
    Wow. Just... wow.
    This one hits a little close to home, actually, as every time I try to write a sex scene it just comes off as juvenile and awkward. I'm not a prude but I might just have to stick to the "lights fade out" approach to avoid embarrassment.

  2. Arrrgggh, another award I didn´t win! What didn´t I do?