Reading Matters is edited by me, Kim Forrester (aka kimbofo), a self-confessed book addict.
I am an expat Australian and have lived in London, UK, since 1998. I reside with my long-term partner, an Irishman called T, in a poky flat in which there is never enough room to store all my books!
I was a journalist for 20 years, but made the switch to corporate comms in 2016 and have recently helped create a loyalty and reward programme for a collection of boutique countryside inns and London pubs. I also do freelance copywriting, editing and consulting on the side.
I created this site in 2004 (before most people even knew what a “blog” was) to share my love of books with a wider audience, but there are reviews on Reading Matters dating from 2001, which were originally published on a personal website (yes, this was before blogs existed, making me officially very old!)
I used Typepad for 10 years before I moved all my reviews — more than 800 at the time — to WordPress in August 2014. I cleaned up all the content, got rid of “chatty” posts and have distilled the site into purely book reviews and book lists.
(You can read a bit about the history of my blog via the post titled Reading Matters turns 13 or in this interview I did with Books + Publishing magazine in May 2017.)
The site’s main focus is modern and contemporary fiction, though I’m not averse to reading the odd classic or two. Indeed, I like to hunt out older books and those that may have slipped under the radar instead of reading the same things everyone else is reading.
“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking”
My special interest is Irish literary fiction, but I also have a penchant for Australian literary fiction, books in translation, true crime, crime fiction and narrative non-fiction. More recently I have begun to explore Canadian literary fiction thanks to my involvement in the Shadow Giller Prize since 2011.
My two favourite authors are the late John McGahern and Jennifer Johnston, both of whom are Irish.
I recently wrote a guide to the novels of Richard Flanagan, my favourite Australian writer, which has been published on the Penguin website.
I also admire (in no particular order) Sebastian Barry, Arnuldur Indridason, Jean Rhys, MJ Hyland, Alex Miller, Per Petterson, Jane Gardam, Kate Grenville, Nicci French, Kent Haruf, Deidre Madden, Magnus Mills, Elliot Perlman, Helen Garner, Chuck Palahniuk, Anita Shreve and Salley Vickers.
You can find out more on my favourite author’s page.
To see what kinds of novels I like, please see my post 40 books.
You can contact me by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Please note I do not participate in blog tours, host giveaways, review self-published work or accept books directly from authors.