ReadySteadyBook is an independent book review website which is devoted to reviewing the very best books in literary fiction, poetry, history and philosophy. It was described by the popular and prolific author Christopher Fowler as having "a professionalism ... that would put most broadsheets to shame."
ReadySteadyBook features literature, philosophy, poetry and some history: if you have books in these areas please get in touch. We do not review crime, thriller, SF, romance, YA books.
One of the Guardian Unlimited Books' top 10 literary blogs ("a home-grown treasure, this one, with smart, serious analysis") and described as "fast becoming Britain's premier literary website", ReadySteadyBook was called "unfailingly resourceful and informative... day after lively day" by award-winnning Irish poet Dennis O'Driscoll. Publisher and writer Dennis Loy Johnson (of Moby Lives and Melville House books) said it is "one of Great Britain's truly great blogs" and the writer Anthony Rudolf called RSB "a significant contribution to serious writing about serious writing."
ReadySteadyBook, described by one regular reader as "oasis of thoughtfulness... I find things here I wouldn't find anywhere else", has contributors who include radical geographer, and expert on Henri Lefebvre and Guy Debord, Andrew Merrifield, Dai Vaughan (described by the Review of Contemporary Fiction as one of the most skilful writers of our age), writer and environmentalist Ken Worpole, Not the Booker Prize winner Lee Rourke, the writer Leora Skolkin-Smith, the poet, publisher, academic and critic Michael Schmidt, acclaimed writer and classical music expert Paul Griffiths, the award-winning translator Robert Chandler and many others.
The RSB robot was designed exclusively for RSB by the wonderful Tom Gauld. The many "interviews" on the site are carried out via email.
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More praise for ReadySteadyBook
"Well designed, highbrow, and full of good, judicious reviews." Sam Leith, Daily Telegraph
"Mark Thwaite's superb UK book blog... is a daily goldmine of fascinating reading and should be on everyone's must-read list." Mark Sarvas, The Elegant Variation
"Unusually clear, unpretentious and open-minded reviewing." Robert Chandler, translator of Pushkin, Chekhov, Platonov
"[R]eal value: it is stylish in the best sense, both in design and in presentation." Michael Schmidt, critic, poet and publisher
"One of the most useful and informative literary blogs I know of." Pierre Joris, poet and translator
"Honest and perceptive reviewing" Emma Hargrave, managing editor, Tindal Street publishers
"[T]he standard by which British litblogs should be judged" Buzzwords Deux
"[A] terrific British Lit blog attached to a terrific site" The London News Review
"[A] fine literary blog" spikemagazine
"[T]he peerless ReadySteadyBook" Long Sunday