Sam Burt

Sam is a tutor and copywriter living in east London. He divides his time between trying to get kids to do what they’re told, and doing the same with words. A book a week keeps him happy and (fairly) sane. Working towards a career in publishing (and That Novel) also helps. He writes for the Guardian, Huffington Post and OpenDemocracy, and recently won 2nd prize in a Writer's Magazine story contest.

Why Coming Out is a Creative Endeavour

Coming out is an artistic act, and involves the same hopes and fears. We give away some control over our story to better understand its meaning.

50 Must-Read Novels About Writers

50 novels featuring writers as characters. Including an author in search of the perfect opening sentence and a taxi driver mistaken for a prophet.

Book Groups as Imagined by Great Authors

The Best Places to Make Personalized Baby Books

After a gift with sentimental value for your favorite pint-sized bibliophile? Look no further: here are the best places to make personalized baby books.


Doris Lessing denied she was championing Women's Liberation. So why, five decades later, is THE GOLDEN NOTEBOOK still seen as a feminist classic?

20 Weird and Wonderful Similes from THE WIND-UP BIRD CHRONICLE

Why the Man Booker Should Remain Open to American Authors

Publishers urging the Man Booker Prize to re-exclude American authors are right to be concerned about the state of publishing. But shutting out the competition is no solution.

5 Unconventional Ways to Read More in 2018

5 Novels That Play With Personhood

We read, therefore we are?

Why I Love One-Sentence Book Reviews

Reasons to keep one-sentence reviews of every book you read.