The Blog and the Blogger

My name is David Hebblethwaite, and I’m a reader and book blogger from Yorkshire, now living in the south of England. I enjoy reading books from around the world, and have particular interests in fiction in translation, small presses, and books that do interesting things with language. Essentially, if it falls within the remit of the International Booker, Goldsmiths Prize, or Republic of Consciousness Prize, I’m interested in it.

My favourite authors include Eleanor Catton, Han Kang, Jon McGregor, Sayaka Murata, Yoko Ogawa, Christopher Priest, Muriel Spark, Tarjei Vesaas, Enrique Vila-Matas, and Lucy Wood. This blog is where I try to explore why I like the books that I do.

Besides this blog, I’ve written for Strange Horizons, Shiny New Books, European Literature Network, Splice, Words Without Borders, The Bookseller, Fiction Uncovered, and Vector.

I’m also on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

If you’d like to contact me, please email

Review policy

I’m happy to accept review copies; if you think you have a book that would interest me, please get in touch. I’m particularly interested in the following types of books:

  1. World literature and fiction in translation
  2. ‘Short and sharp/strange/strong’
  3. Classics
  4. Short fiction
  5. Books from small publishers

Please note that I run this blog in my spare time, on top of a full time job. I try my best 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, do go ahead and drop me a line.