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Reviewers
Feedback for your creative writing needs to be thoughtful, professional and valuable. Our critiques help you to develop and edit your writing.

Almost all our reviewers have backgrounds in the worlds of publishing, education and professional writing. The reviewers who take on the bulk of our work are editors, book doctors or published writers. We all of us read fiction regularly – perhaps obsessively – and have done so for many years. We read with a strong critical faculty to the fore and are ready to help writers with our insightful, constructive reviews.

Hannah
background: editor and literary agent

passion: Children’s, YA and crossover with a dark edge – crime, horror, dystopia...and conversely contemporary romance. I love a strong, distinct voice and a hook that grabs you.

favourite authors: Margaret Atwood, Julianna Baggott, Tanya Byrne, David Levithan, Sarra Manning, JoJo Moyes, Audrey Niffenegger and Evelyn Waugh spring to mind right now.

Sarah-Jane
background: American editor, author and journalist

passion: I love good stories, well told. Whatever the style or genre – I’m as happy reading literary fiction as I am romantic comedy or mystery – I just like to read something thoughtful and true. Whether it’s challenging, entertaining or provocative, I want to feel like a writer really has something to say and wants to take me on a journey.

favourite authors: Jane Austen, Fannie Flagg, Margaret Atwood, Tom Stoppard, Barbara Kingsolver, Alan Bennett, Antonia Fraser, Josephine Tey, David Sedaris, Jhumpa Lahiri, Kurt Vonnegut, and many others.

Rob
background: literary scout, agent, tutor, editor, translator, journalist, ghostwriter

passion: literary fiction which alters one’s view of the way the world, or is stylistically interesting or admirable. High concept thrillers, science-fiction, fantasy and psychological mysteries. Literary and narrative non-fiction.

favourite authors: Don DeLillo, Nicola Barker, Niall Griffiths, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Herman Hesse, Cormac McCarthy, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Bob Shaw, Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Mikhail Bulgakov, Yevgeniy Zamyatin, Anton Chekhov, David Seabrook, David Foster Wallace, Robert Macfarlane, Roger Deakin

Bruno
background: editor and author

passion: I love a good story and I like being made to laugh. I really enjoy a good genre tale as well, whether it's horror, crime or science fiction. And I have a strong editorial background in children’s writing.

favourite authors: for humorous fiction, Kingsley Amis, Charles Dickens, P.G. Wodehouse and Patrick Hamilton; for science fiction, J.G. Ballard, Joe Haldeman, Dan Simmons and Brian Aldiss; for non-fiction Jon Krakauer; for crime, Ruth Rendell, Ed McBain and Agatha Christie.

V
background: editing of fiction and academic writing

passion: Good writing! I love and respect authors who challenge conventional ideas about form and character, as well as life and politics. I also love filmmakers who do the same thing.

favourite authors: Angela Carter, E. L. Doctorow, Jean Rhys, Gore Vidal, Hanif Kureishi, B. S. Johnson, James Baldwin, Mikhail Bulgakov, John Fowles

Diane
background: editing, proof-reading, commercial and creative writing

passion: "Contemporary popular and semi-literary fiction, sometimes with a magic realism element; some fantasy and the occasional crime or thriller to spice things up. Drama; I enjoy dramatic scenarios and don't get enough of them in real life."

favourite authors: Joanne Harris, Alice Hoffman, James Robertson, Mark Haddon, Barbara Trapido, Sarah Waters, Audrey Niffenegger, Peter Ackroyd, Julian Barnes, Kitty Fitzgerald, Jackie Gay, Terry Pratchett, Trudi Canavan, JK Rowling, Philip Pullman, Reginald Hill, PD James, Sophie Hannah, Ann Cleeves, Robert Goddard, Arthur Miller, Alan Garner.

John
background: writing (John has an MA in Creative Writing), teaching English as a foreign language, management consultancy.

passion: "I love the short story form and read short stories every day. As for longer works, I enjoy contemporary novels with complex structures of time and layers of reality."

favourite authors: Jenn Ashworth, Zoe Lambert and Sarah Dobbs. I also love novels by Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan, Julian Barnes, Jeannette Winterson, Will Self and David Nobbs. Short story favourites include Ethan Coen, James Joyce, Alan Bennett, Michel Faber, Raymond Carver, Helen Simpson, JG Ballard and William Trevor.

Jo
background: librarian, proofreader, reviewer and book blogger

passion: I read every genre, but I’m obsessed by good children’s and young adult fiction as a former children’s specialist; I also have an unhealthy obsession with apocalyptic and dystopian fiction, and love getting lost in an historical drama. Well-crafted psychological horror is my guilty pleasure and ghosts and the gothic send lovely chills down my spine.

favourite authors: Douglas Adams, Margaret Atwood, Ray Bradbury, Emily Bronte, Roald Dahl, Tana French, Neil Gaiman, Susan Hill, Alice Hoffman, Sherryl Jordan, Stephen King, Nigel Kneale, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Karen Maitland, Daphne du Maurier, Julie Myerson, John Wyndham.

Helena
background: education; consultant and adviser to an award-winning crime writer.

passion: “Literary novels – I like writers with a really good, original style, which implies rather than states. I read a lot of contemporary crime fiction and prefer those authors who develop their characters well and bring some new thoughts to the subject. I also love to encourage children to read and am in touch through my work with the sort of books they most enjoy. “

favourite authors: Jane Austen, EM Forster, Elizabeth Taylor, Ruth Rendell, Martin Edwards, CS Lewis, JK Rowling, Anthony Horowitz, Lemony Snicket, Emma Donoghue, Emma Henderson, Naseem Rakha

Stephanie
background: editorial work within publishing, also marketing and publicity.

passion: I love discovering new (or at least to me) authors and distinctive voices across all genres. I appreciate the art of the well told short story and authors whose work is so incisive it’s near the knuckle. I mostly read contemporary fiction and non-fiction titles and strongly believe there isn’t enough amusing/comical fiction aimed at adults.

favourite authors: Louise Levene, S J Bolton, Sophie Hannah, Will Wiles, Antonia Fraser, Sam Byers, Jude Morgan, Amor Towles, Jennifer Egan

Lisa
background: education (linguistics), editor and proof-reader

passion: “Contemporary fiction, classics, non-fiction, poetry, children’s literature – really, I love compelling stories across all genres – I’ve always been an avid and inquisitive reader, with an open mind and very eclectic tastes, from the intense classics like Joseph Conrad to the easier, ‘sweep-you-along’ reads like Dan Brown and Marian Keyes. I particularly love intriguing and challenging writing with plenty to say, socially, psychologically or linguistically. I am very passionate about children’s literature and its potential to be highly creative, imaginative and inspirational – from War Horse to Aliens Love Underpants!”

favourite authors: Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, Oscar Wilde, Joseph Conrad, Paulo Coelho, Markus Zusak, Khaled Hosseini, Ian McEwan, Alice Sebold, Ben Elton, Dan Brown, Nick Hornby, Marian Keyes, JK Rowling, Michael Morpurgo, Michael Rosen, CS Lewis, Roald Dahl, to name a few.

Jonathan
background: proofreading; academic writing

passion: "I most enjoy escapist novels with plenty of drama, a fast pace and an intriguing plot, as well as short stories. I also appreciate sharply written prose and the use of humour in writing. My favourite books therefore tend to be crime thrillers, historical fiction, fantasy and science fiction."

favourite authors: Terry Pratchett, Joseph Heller, Jonathan Stroud, Alexandre Dumas, Philip Reeve, L C Tyler, Roald Dahl, Christopher Fowler, Isaac Asimov, Philip Ardagh and PG Wodehouse.

Catherine
background: journalism, PR & marketing

passion: All I ask for is a good story – believable characters and an original voice will keep me turning the pages. Apart from that, I enjoy books across a wide range of genres, from fantasy to mystery to contemporary novels, and well-written children's books.

favourite authors: Roald Dahl, J K Rowling, Terry Pratchett, Agatha Christie, Celia Ahern, W G Sebald, Italo Calvino, Anthony Horowitz, Michael Morpurgo, P G Wodehouse, Jane Austen, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Angela Carter

Angela
background: literary studies and literary criticism; education

passion: "I enjoy a whole variety of genres – anything with an engrossing story line, well drawn characters and realistic dialogue. I like nothing better than to be drawn into a riveting plot by sharp and stylish writing. If this can be combined with a setting that is beyond my own experience then I'm in raptures!"

favourite authors: Harlan Coben, Douglas Kennedy, Kathy Reichs, Jodi Picoult, Patricia Cornwell, Sue Grafton, James Patterson, Douglas Coupland, Michael Connelly.

George
background: journalism

passion:"Crime! – from your regular police procedurals to psychological thrillers. Mostly set in Britain, although I enjoy stories with American and European settings. Different periods of history are a favourite too. I like the logic of crime, but it's always the motivation that fascinates."

favourite authors: Reginald Hill, Janet Evanovich, Lindsey Davies, Patricia Cornwell, John Grisham, WJ Burley, Ann Granger, Martin Edwards, Val McDermid, Dorothy L Sayers, Ruth Rendell, Michael Dibdin, Barbara Nadel, MC Beaton, Ellis Peters, Michael Jecks, Peter Lovesey, Martha Grimes, Malcolm Pryce.

Paul
background: journalism and teaching

passion: “I'm generally a fan of more escapist genres thanks to working and playing too hard. I like some darkness, action and fantasy, yet appreciate stories with meaning and weight. Despite plenty of academic training, I'm not as fond of the classics as much as I could be, but I definitely appreciate the finer points of great literature, be it old or new. I'm most attracted to weaving plotlines featuring colourful characters struggling against the odds, be it giant rats, aliens, orcs, oppressive regimes – or simply the trials of day-to-day life.”

favourite authors: Neil Gaiman, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, James Herbert, Clive Barker, Dan Abnett, James Ellroy, Ian Watson, George Orwell, Margaret Atwood, China Mieville, Nick Hornby, Bill Bridges, Iain Banks.

Nikki
background: literature

passion:"Children's literature – the texts work on so many levels. Often wrongly dismissed as lacking substance, literature for children offers many challenges to the investigative reader. Drama is my other great love."

favourite authors: JM Barrie, JRR Tolkein, CS Lewis, Frances Hodgson Burnett, GP Taylor, Daphne Du Maurier, Sebastian Faulks, Roddy Doyle, John Steinbeck.

Lesley
background: education, especially the development of literacy.
Lesley works within the education system. Having taught children aged 3-11 for a number of years, she has a keen interest in language and literacy, especially the way this develops from birth onwards.

passion: "I can describe myself as nothing other than a fiction tart –anything goes! Thrillers, historicals, children's fantasy, chick lit and contemporary literary fiction. I ask for novels to be exciting; well written with rich language; sometimes funny, sometimes heart-wrenching; but above all totally absorbing."

favourite authors: Anita Shreve, Joanne Harris, Jane Austen, Mary Higgins Clark, JK Rowling, Dan Brown, Anthony Capella, Philippa Gregory, Patricia Cornwell, Minette Walters, Neil Griffiths, Gervase Phinn, Kate Mosse, PJ Tracy, Douglas Kennedy, Alison Penton Harper, Marian Keyes, Kim Edwards.