I review books written by women – old and new, literary and commercial, fiction and non-fiction with the occasional YA title – and I interview women writers. You can find my YouTube channel here.

My preferences lean towards literary fiction although I try and read as broadly as possible. I’m particularly concerned with covering translated fiction, working class fiction, books by women of colour and women who identify as LGBT.

I’ll read pretty much anything set in New York, while my PhD interests include circus and sideshow fiction, dystopia/utopia, updated/modern fairytales and feminist literature (fiction and non-fiction).

Unfortunately, I’m not a fan of child narrators  (under 12s). (My Name Is Leon by Kit de Waal is a notable exception.)

I wrote about the rationale behind the blog here.

I’ve written for OzyFiction Uncovered, the Tilted Axis Press blog and been a contributor to the Waterstones’ blog. I’m currently doing a PhD in Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University and have been shortlisted for The White Review Prize and longlisted for Manchester Fiction Prize. I’ve chaired events at Manchester Literature FestivalJersey Festival of Words, Off the Shelf Festival and for Waterstones Gower Street and Waterstones Deansgate. In January 2018, I appeared on Radio 3’s Free Thinking to discuss the circus in literature as part of the Circus250 celebrations.

You can find me on Twitter @Frizbot, see my book post and what I’m reading on Instagram @thewritesofwoman or email me on thewritesofwoman [at] gmail.com Unfortunately I am no longer able to accept direct requests from authors.

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  4. Just discovered your blog – love it, can’t believe I’ve not found it before now! Also, I agree re your design – it’s a lovely, clean, simple look, not too busy.

  5. Naomi, a writer friend just shared your blog with our organization, the Women’s Fiction Writers Association (I have a feeling you’re going to have a slew of new followers this week!), and I’m so happy she did. Adding you to my regular blog reads now. Thank you for celebrating women writers!

  6. This blog looks great! Looking forward to hearing more of your thoughts on the Baileys longlist. (I’m reading Homegoing at the moment and I certainly agree that it should have been included.)

  7. Great to see you getting the plug you deserve in Mslexia! I was thrilled to find you featured in there.
    Keep up the good work (but leave time for your writing).
    All good wishes,
    Julie Mellor

    • Hello, thank you! I’ve been meaning to email you. No rest on the own writing front, Jill’s cracking the whip! I’ll be in touch soon xx

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