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. It’s called David’s Book World partly because it is about my personal ‘world’ of reading, and also because I enjoy reading fiction in translation and from around the globe.

I don’t have a neat description of the kinds of books I like, because this blog is an ongoing project to pin down exactly that. My current best approximation is what I call ‘more than real’ fiction. Some favourite contemporary writers are: Eleanor Catton, Han Kang, Yuri Herrera, Helen Oyeyemi, Christopher Priest, Keith Ridgway, Adam Roberts, Ray Robinson, Lucy Wood, and Evie Wyld.

This blog used to be called Follow the Thread, but I changed it to David’s Book World for 2015, to reflect a change of emphasis. You can read more about the reasons for that here; but essentially the aim of this blog now is to help me explore what kinds of writing speak to me the most, and why.

This makes it quite difficult to sum up the kinds of books that will feature here, because the blog is partly about working that out. I can say that I’m particularly interested in translated/international fiction, and that the books I like tend not to be straightforward narrative realism. My books of the year posts might give you an idea.

Besides this blog, I’ve written for Strange Horizons, Shiny New Books, Words Without BordersWe Love This Book, 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 – but 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, feel free to get in touch.


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