On Happiness and Unhappiness by Richard Smyth

Philip Larkin

This week, Richard Smyth examines the interplay of happiness and unhappiness in literary work, and what draws people to read melancholic writing. I’m writing this on the International Day of Happiness. Happiness has a complicated

Shadow Beetles and Story Threads

Chairman of the Leeds Big Bookend, Daniel Ingram-Brown tells us about his message behind the first of his Firebird Chronicles series, Rise of the Shadow Stealers. At my book launch for the first of the

Ralph Thoresby by Chris Nickson

 Crime author, Chris Nickson writes about Leeds historian, Ralph Thoresby, in the first of a series of Leeds history articles for the Big Bookend. One thing about the writing life: you never know what’s going

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