Here is my latest blog for Booktrust:
This is a historical week for Russia, since it marks the 50th anniversary of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s pioneering journey as the first man to fly into outer space. It’s also the week where the London Book Fair has named Russia its market focus country. As a whole host of Russian writers and literary publishers flock to London, I thought it would be worthwhile drawing attention to what modern-day Russian literature has to offer.
Published on 26-04-11. Read on here
The UK celebrated World Book Day last Thursday and it got me thinking about the nature of reading in modern times.
Although there’s no doubting the pleasure of reading a hard copy of a book, the internet has clearly revolutionised our access to foreign language books, both in the original language and in translation. Project Gutenberg and its vast collection of ebooks has long made it a valuable resource for people looking for texts in translation, original prose and even related literary criticism.
Published on 15-03-11. Read on here