Five questions with Helena Coggan

Five questions with Helena Coggan

We asked Helena to come on the blog today to discuss YA fiction in all its guises – does it suffer from mostly being written by adults? Why are women so central to YA? Why does YA tend to gravitate toward dystopian narratives? All this and more… What do you...
Five questions with Meg Caddy

Five questions with Meg Caddy

I was back home in Western Australia recently and, as always, made a point to visit the local speculative fiction specialist bookshop (Stefen’s Books, if anyone is interested – I highly recommend a visit if you’re in the area!). While there, I was...
In praise of YA with Frances Hardinge

In praise of YA with Frances Hardinge

Young adult fiction is called a genre, a bookshop category, and more. It is a way of grouping books together based, usually, on the age of the protagonist. But a young adult protagonist does not mean that a book will only appeal to a younger audience, nor should it....
Foz Meadows on portal fantasy

Foz Meadows on portal fantasy

Portal fantasy has long been a popular subgenre of fantasy, from classics such as The Chronicles of Narnia to Alice in Wonderland and newer interpretations like Lev Grossman’s The Magicians. One of my favourite novels published last year was Foz Meadows’...