Literature.


Deborah O’Donoghue is a British-Irish writer who has lived in the UK, France and Belgium. She has travelled all over the world and worked in car body repairs, in the best fish ‘n’ chip shop in Brighton, and been a gopher in a comedy club, as well as a teacher. She’s a past winner of the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association Short Story Prize. Her début novel, Sea of Bones, was published by Legend Press in 2019 and comes out in Germany in 2021. Follow Deborah on Twitter and Instagram.

5 March 2021

Jim Haynes: The man who had the whole world in his address book

Around the year 2000, I was working as a gopher for a comedy and music club in Paris. Shows took place on the banks of Canal […]
2 March 2021

Celebrating the works of Dr. Seuss

March 2nd marks the birthday of famous children’s author Dr. Seuss, a day to celebrate the crazy characters and unique world he created. Here we take […]
25 February 2021

Around the World with Graham Greene

Escape. The word echoes around Graham Greene’s library. It’s there in the title of his 1980 autobiography, Ways of Escape. Nearly all his characters are in […]
5 February 2021

Best ethical international online book shops

As an English speaker having spent several years living in non-English speaking countries, I am familiar with the frequent dilemma of where to buy my English-language […]
28 January 2021

10 Books to read before you visit Brussels

Synonymous with EU power, its centre carved up by the car lobby in the fifties and sixties, Brussels is a European conurbation associated, by many people, […]
25 January 2021

Gay men in love: 1850s to 1950s

The 1850s were a difficult time for anyone who was gay. More than 100,000 service men were removed from the army simply because they were homosexuals. […]
21 January 2021

Six Must-Visit Destinations From Books

  Reading is a way of travelling – a way of expanding our own universe. As George R.R. Martin puts it: ‘A reader lives a thousand […]
14 January 2021

Amélie Nothomb: Belgium’s most eccentric writer?

To get to know Amélie Nothomb is to get know Belgium itself. The writer, like the country, is full of contradictions. Belgium is just a third […]
14 January 2021

5 books that make you want to explore the Amazon

Great books have an incredible ability to transport you; one minute you’re sat on the sofa finding your page, the next you’re exploring a far off […]
5 January 2021

Telling Stories

Many of us will recall being accused, as children, by frustrated and sometimes angry parents of “telling stories”, of making things up, of fibbing, a less […]
28 December 2020

Bill Gates reveals his 5 favorite books of 2020

It is now part of the holidays tradition, Microsoft co-founder and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation released his annual list of his top five […]
22 December 2020

A (Reluctant) Guide to Beckett’s Paris

On this day, 22 December, in 1989, in Paris, Nobel laureate Samuel Beckett died. It was five months since the death of Suzanne, his companion of […]
12 November 2020

Top 10 literary cities

If your idea of holiday heaven is bound up in books, then these destinations are for you. 1. Dublin Ireland, with a population of under five […]
4 November 2020

7 Famous writers who stayed in Brussels

In the spring of 1816 an episode of chance made Lord Byron’s stay in Brussels longer than desired. His original plan was to travel straight to […]
14 October 2020

6 European Female Poets on how literature can make us travel in 2020

Sound travels from vowel to vowel, it jumps from one syllable to the next. A sequence of words enters our ear, touches our retina, then the […]
12 October 2020

5 beautiful libraries in the world

In times where physical travel can sometimes be difficult, there is no better alternative than a good book to discover the world. A fine piece of […]
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