Contributors

Mark Thwaite

Mark Thwaite is the founder and managing editor of the UK-based literary website ReadySteadyBook, described by The Times as one of the best places on the web for clever, wise, sparky book-related discussions and reviews.Since August 2014 Mark has been acting Head of Online (consulant) at Foyles.co.uk the renowned, even legendary award-winning…

Lee Kelleher

Lee helped Mark with the re-development of ReadySteadyBook.He much prefers to read graphic novels (comics) over text books, maybe thats because he cant read text after hacking away at the RSB code all day!Lee has ten years experience producing web-media solutions. As a lead developer at Amaze Ltd, he has…

Stephen Mitchelmore

Steve lives in Brighton. He reads European modernism, listens to US alt-country and worships Portsmouth Football Club. He also writes a blog called This Space.…

A.T. Reyes

A.T. Reyes read classics at Harvard and Oxford, where he became involved in advising Walter Hooper on Lewiss classical references in his Letters. He now teaches classics at Groton School, Massachusetts.…

Alan Wall

Alan Wall was born in Bradford and studied English at Oxford. After that he had many jobs, including schoolteacher, motorcycle despatch rider and print manager. For the last seven years he has been a professional writer, publishing five novels (most recently, China) and one book of short stories with Secker…

Alistair McCartney

Alistair McCartney is the author of The End of the World Book: a Novel. The End of the World Book is both a novel and an encyclopedia (A to Z) of memories, obsessions and philosophical fixations, working in and building upon the same metafictional terrain as Roberto Bolano and W.G.…

Andrew Merrifield

Born in Liverpool, England in 1960, Andy Merrifield has a PhD from the University of Oxford. He has taught Geography in the United States and UK, and is author of Henri Lefebvre, Dialectical Urbanism and Metromarxism. He now lives and writes in the Haute-Loire, France. His Guy Debord is just…

Anne Sebba

 Anne Sebba is a journalist, biographer and former foreign correspondent with Reuters. She has written five biographies, including one of Mother Teresa and one of Laura Ashley, short stories and two biographies for children. She is currently working on a life of Jennie Jerome, Winston Churchills American mother.…

Anne Stevenson

Anne Stevenson, born in England of American parents, grew up in the States but has lived in Britain for most of her adult life. She has published twelve collections of poetry, a book of essays, Between the Iceberg and the Ship (1998), a recent critical study, Five Looks at Elizabeth…

Anthony Rudolf

Anthony Rudolf is a distinguished publisher and writer, and the man behind the Menard Press.…

Barry Baldwin

Barry Baldwin was born (1937) and educated at The Lincoln School and University of Nottingham where he obtained a BA amp; PhD in Classics. After lectureships at Loughborough College and the University of New England (Australia), he fetched up as Head of Department at the University of Calgary (Canada) where…

Carolyn Forché

Carolyn Forché (born April 28, 1950) is an American poet, editor, translator, and human rights advocate.…

Chris Knight

Chris Knight is a professor of anthropology at the University of East London, and the author of the highly acclaimed and controversial book, Blood Relations: Menstruation and The Origins of Culture, which outlines a new theory of human origins. Chris gives regular talks at the Radical Anthropology Group in London.…

Christian Stretton

Christian is five-foot-seven-and-a-half, but if he is asked, he will say five-foot-eight. He likes the kind of peripheral writers commonly appreciated among his demographic (abc1 thirty-something professional, graduate, left-leaning and with a keen interest in the arts): Brautigan, Bukowski, Vonnegut and Murukami are never very far from his satchel. He…

Dai Vaughan

Dai Vaughan has been described by the Review of Contemporary Fiction as one of the most skilful writers of our age. A renowned documentary film-editor, his previous novels include Moritur, Germs and The Cloud Chamber. His latest work of fiction is Non-Return (Seren).…

Dan Fraser

Dan Fraser is a writer, publisher and critic based in London. He runs his own publication of art and writing Oubliette. He writes for ReadySteadyBook and studied philosophy at University of Leeds and Trinity College Dublin.…

Danny Byrne

Danny Byrne is a journalist and critic based in London. His reviews have appeared in 3AM Magazine, ReadySteadyBook and BookGeeks, and he blogs at Danny Byrne Blog. He studied literature at Oxford and UCL.…

David Auerbach

David Auerbach is a writer and software engineer living in New York. He writes about literature and philosophy at Waggish.…

David Mitchell

David Mitchell is a novelist and author of Black Swan Green, Cloud Atlas and Ghostwritten.…

David Winters

David Winters works in academic publishing. In his free time he reads and writes experimental fiction and critical theory.…

Gabriel Josipovici

Gabriel Josipovici was born in Nice in 1940, of Jewish parents both born in Egypt. He lived in Egypt from 1945 to 1956, when he came to England. He read English at Oxford, and from 1963 to 1998 was a member of the School of European Studies at the University…

Gilbert Sorrentino

Gilbert Sorrentino was born in Brooklyn in 1929 and entered Brooklyn College in 1950. It was at Brooklyn College that he made his first serious attempt at writing fiction. His college career, interrupted when he served in the US Army Medical Corps for two years, resumed at Brooklyn College in…

Ismo Santala

Ismo Santala was born in Ilmajoki, Finland in 1982. His criticism has appeared online in The Modern Word and Spike Magazine. While waiting for the siege in the room, he is working on a couple of screenplays.…

James Essinger

James Essinger is the author of Spellbound: The Improbable Story of English Spelling (Robson Books).…

James Hawes

James Hawes is a novelist.…

James Williams

Professor James Williamss interests are in contemporary French philosophy (Deleuze, Lyotard, Foucault, Kristeva, Derrida, Badiou, Postmodernism and Poststructuralism). He supervises PhD students across a wide range of topics in these areas and welcomes further researchers in these areas or in his current research. Past PhDs he has supervised include work…

Janelle Martin

Based in Waterloo, Ontario (Canada), Janelle Martin reads extensively, in a wide variety of genres. Generally she can be found surrounded by books or wandering in the stacks of a favourite bookstore. She is thrilled to be able to share her passion for books as a reviewer for ReadySteadyBook, Armchair…

Kelle Link

Kelle designed this RSB site for her lovely friend Mark.She worked in a sculpture workshop in Tokyo, before moving on to Scotland and then New York. She moved to Manchester 2 years ago. Currently involved in mental health support groups and animal welfare groups and yoga teacher training and organic…

Ken Worpole

Ken Worpole left school at 16 to work in civil engineering, but re-trained as an English teacher in his early 20s.  He has taught in secondary schools and in adult education, as well as being involved in setting up the radical bookshop/popular history project Centerprise in Hackney in the early…

Kevin Jackson

Kevin Jackson is a journalist and writer and author of Letters of Introduction, a wonderful book on Withnail amp; I, and the definitive biography of ground-breaking documentary film-maker Humphrey Jennings.…

Kit Maude

Kit Maude was the Sales and Marketing Coordinator at Peter Owen. He now does a similar job for Marion Boyars.…

Lars Iyer

Lars Iyer lives and works in Newcastle upon Tyne.…

Lee Rourke

Lee is the Managing Editor of Scarecrow.Scarecrow was founded in October 2004 as an online forum for book reviews, literary comment, short fiction and nation-wide art when, quite disillusioned with events in the publishing world, Lee Rourke decided to turn his back on the mainstream bookish blatherskites and focus primarily…

Leora Skolkin-Smith

Leora Skolkin-Smith was born in Manhattan in 1952, and spent her childhood between Pound Ridge, New York, and Israel, traveling with her family to her mother’s birthplace in Jerusalem every three years. She earned her BA and MFA and was awarded a teaching fellowship for graduate work, all at Sarah…

Liam Sprod

Liam Sprod was born in England before the possibility of nuclear war prompted his parents to relocate to Hobart, Australia. There he studied, researched and taught philosophy at the University of Tasmania. Eventually tiring of merely reading European philosophy he has been undertaking research throughout Europe, tracing the various end-of…

Mark Martin

Mark Martin lives in New York and is the Managing Editor at Verso Books.…

Martin Empson

Martin Empson contributes to Socialist Worker. Martin will be debating with the nuclear industry about the feasibility of nuclear power as a solution to climate change at the forthcoming Folkestone Literary Festival on Saturday November 18th.…

Michael Schmidt

Michael Schmidt latest book is The First Poets: Lives of the Ancient Greek Poets (Weidenfeld). He is the editorial director of Carcanet Press, the General Editor of PN Review, and the Director of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University.…

Michael Syrotinski

Michael Syrotinski is Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Aberdeen. He is also Associate Director of Universitys new Centre for Modern Thought. He has published widely on 20th century French literature, literary theory, and Francophone African literature and culture. He has recently edited an issue of…

Natasha Tripney

Natasha Tripney is a London-based freelance writer specialising in literature and the arts.She reviews books for the New Statesman and The Guardian and writes regularly for The Stage. She is the Theatre Editor for musicOMH.com.…

Paul Griffiths

Paul Griffiths is a celebrated critic and one of the most incisive writers writing in English today on modern classical music. His publications include A Concise History of Western Music, The Penguin Companion to Classical Music, The Substance of Things Heard: Writings About Music and his astonishing study of the…

Paul R Hyde

Irish author Paul Hyde is winner of several literary awards including the prestigious Hennessey Award (Dublin).…

Richard Seymour

Richard Seymour is a political blogger -- Lenins Tomb -- and the author of The Liberal Defence of Murder.…

Robert Chandler

The poet Robert Chandler is the translator of Pushkins highly vaunted miniature Dubrovsky and the brilliant melodrama Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Leskov (both Hesperus). Roberts translations of Sappho and Apollinaire are published by Everymans Poetry and his translations of Russian prose include Vasily Grossmans Life and Fate and several…

Robert Graham

Dr Robert Graham is the Creative Writing Subject Leader at the Department of Contemporary Arts of Manchester Metropolitan University. He is the author of the novel Holy Joe.…

Rowan Wilson

Rowan Wilson works for the publisher Verso.…

Sam Leith

Sam Leith is a freelance writer who lives in London. Inaddition to You Talkin To Me, hes the author of Dead Pets, Sods Law and a novel, The Coincidence Engine (Bloomsbury), which was selected as one of the Waterstones Eleven best debuts of 2011.…

Simon Critchley

Simon Critchley is Hans Jonas Professor at the New School for Social Research, and a part-time professor of philosophy at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. His many books include Infinitely Demanding, Ethics-Politics-Subjectivity, The Book of Dead Philosophers and, most recently, The Faith of the Faithless.…

Sophie Lewis

Sophie Lewis works for Dalkey Archive Press.…

Stuart Watkins

Stuart Watkins is editor of the Radical Anthropology journal and an occasional contributor to Readysteadybook. He lives in Leamington Spa.…

Tom Bunstead

Thomas Bunstead writes – he has published short stories (most recently at Days of Roses), reviews (most recently at Word Without Borders), interviews (most recently on the Paris Review Blog) and has just completed a historical novel – and translates from Spanish to English. He is currently working with Margaret Jull…