The Blog and the Blogger

My name is David Hebblethwaite, and I’m a reader and book blogger from Yorkshire, now resident in the south of England. This blog is meant to be a space where I try to capture my ongoing experiences of reading, and work out why I respond to particular books in the way I do.

The books I most like to read tend to fall into four broad areas:

  1. World literature and books in translation
  2. Fiction that ‘breaks the mould’ of the novel (after the Goldsmiths Prize)
  3. Classics
  4. Books from small publishers

Besides this blog, I’ve written for Strange Horizons, Shiny New Books, Words Without BordersThe Bookseller, Fiction Uncovered, and Vector.

I’m also on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

If you’d like to contact me, please e-mail

Review policy

I’m happy to accept review copies – if you have a book that fits into one (or more!) of the areas above, feel free to get in touch. However, please note that I run this blog in my spare time, on top of a full time job. I try to be timely, but I can’t guarantee when, or at what length, I’ll cover a particular book. If that is fine with you, go ahead and drop me a line.


This blog is affiliated with Foyles, because I like what they stand for as booksellers. If you click on an affiliate link on this site, I will earn a (very) small amount of commission, all of which will go back into running the blog.