Posted: 27th May 2017 @ 6:03 pm
I think we all know which one's the drummer. https://t.co/937JlGj4oM
Posted: 26th May 2017 @ 8:07 pm
The child to whom no-one has ever said 'no'. https://t.co/eVSjXwXAvu
Posted: 25th May 2017 @ 4:35 pm
There, but for the grace of God... https://t.co/JaC0XlKmwM
Posted: 25th May 2017 @ 10:26 am
I grew up near here, my mum used to take me when I first discovered Austen. What if every Jane fan donated their fi… https://t.co/WOsIdK03MV
Posted: 24th May 2017 @ 9:22 pm
Plus: 19,000 fewer police officers since 2010 because of Tory cuts. No mention from DM of how that might be affecti… https://t.co/PEwKmfEXlz
Posted: 24th May 2017 @ 5:09 pm
One of my favourite Ann Patchett quotes among many from tonight. So enjoyed interviewing her. https://t.co/l0eEG5qRIy
Posted: 23rd May 2017 @ 8:21 pm
Tonight I talk to Ann Patchett for Guardian Live at @britishlibrary. Gathering in public spaces to celebrate art is a freedom to cherish.
Posted: 23rd May 2017 @ 4:20 pm
Posted: 20th May 2017 @ 6:06 pm
News! PROPHECY will be London's CityRead title for 2017! View link
Very happy to share that S J Parris has been selected as next year's CityRead title for London! CityRead is a month long celebration of reading, and there are going to be loads of great activities coming in April next year! View link
Posted: 17th Nov 2016 @ 11:05 am
Anyway, let's do something fun to take our minds off the horror - I'm talking about Violence and literature in a sort of live-close-reading panel on Monday 14th Nov if you're in London, with brilliant crime/suspense writers Louise Doughty & Mark Billingham. Hope to see you there! View link
Good writers begin by being good readers. In Line by Line three writers show you how it’s done, turning their close critical attention to three unidentified pieces of prose and talking in detail about what why they work and... perhaps... where they might work better.
Posted: 10th Nov 2016 @ 4:28 pm
Here's a lovely thing - Haymarket Books are giving away a free e-book of Rebecca Solnit's wonderful Hope In The Dark. Things certainly feel very dark at the moment, but hope and action are the best ways to combat that, and this is a great inspiration and rallying cry by a terrific writer. Well worth a read if you haven't already, especially now. Meanwhile, I'd better get back to writing another book about a man who stood up for free expression and tolerance and intellectual freedom against oppressive regimes... View link
Solnit reminds us of how changed the world has been by the activism of the past five decades.
Posted: 10th Nov 2016 @ 1:36 pm
The election of Hillary Clinton is an event that we would welcome for its historical importance, and greet with indescribable relief.
Posted: 8th Nov 2016 @ 8:09 pm
Anyone in the vicinity of Oxford, I'll be interviewing the lovely Graham Norton about his debut novel tomorrow night - come along! View link
Presenter and Comedian Graham Norton will be at Oxford Venues Sheldonian Theatre to promote his eagerly awaited debut novel Holding
Posted: 7th Oct 2016 @ 12:33 pm
Today is National Poetry Day in the UK, so (at the eleventh hour) here's one of my favourites - about Bruno, by Czeslaw Milosz. It's a beautiful poem, and especially pertinent now... Campo dei Fiori BY CZESLAW MILOSZ TRANSLATED BY LOUIS IRIBARNE In Rome on the Campo dei Fiori baskets of olives and lemons, cobbles spattered with wine and the wreckage of flowers. Vendors cover the trestles with rose-pink fish; armfuls of dark grapes heaped on peach-down. On this same square they burned Giordano Bruno. Henchmen kindled the pyre close-pressed by the mob. Before the flames had died the taverns were full again, baskets of olives and lemons again on the vendors' shoulders. I thought of the Campo dei Fiori in Warsaw by the sky-carousel one clear spring evening to the strains of a carnival tune. The bright melody drowned the salvos from the ghetto wall, and couples were flying high in the cloudless sky. At times wind from the burning would drift dark kites along and riders on the carousel caught petals in midair. That same hot wind blew open the skirts of the girls and the crowds were laughing on that beautiful Warsaw Sunday. Someone will read as moral that the people of Rome or Warsaw haggle, laugh, make love as they pass by the martyrs' pyres. Someone else will read of the passing of things human, of the oblivion born before the flames have died. But that day I thought only of the loneliness of the dying, of how, when Giordano climbed to his burning he could not find in any human tongue words for mankind, mankind who live on. Already they were back at their wine or peddled their white starfish, baskets of olives and lemons they had shouldered to the fair, and he already distanced as if centuries had passed while they paused just a moment for his flying in the fire. Those dying here, the lonely forgotten by the world, our tongue becomes for them the language of an ancient planet. Until, when all is legend and many years have passed, on a new Campo dei Fiori rage will kindle at a poet's word. Warsaw, 1943
Posted: 6th Oct 2016 @ 10:33 pm
And I'm very excited to announce that Bruno's adventures will continue - HarperCollins have signed up another two Bruno novels and a novella: View link
Posted: 30th Sep 2016 @ 12:54 pm
Looking forward to talking about Conspiracy at the Wigtown Book Festival tomorrow, 3pm - hope to see some of you there! View link
Posted: 30th Sep 2016 @ 12:50 pm
Hello - it's been a busy summer with lots of book festivals (great to meet some of you at those!). I've also written this essay for Aeon magazine about the historical Bruno and why he's still a hero (if you don't know what happened to him, I'm afraid it does contain spoilers - though the books are a long way off the ending yet!). Hope you'll enjoy it. SJP View link
For anyone who dares to voice dangerous ideas and risk imprisonment or exile, Giordano Bruno remains a hero
Posted: 25th Aug 2016 @ 10:11 am
On the eve of the EU referendum, I jotted down a few thoughts on my website about Bruno and what it means to be European... View link
Tomorrow, June 23, the UK will vote on whether or not to remain part of the European Union. Like everyone…
Posted: 22nd Jun 2016 @ 9:21 pm
We have teamed up with SuperBreak to offer S J Parris fans the chance to win a trip to Paris! Find out how you could win here: View link
Posted: 24th May 2016 @ 11:26 am
Well, here it is folks - Conspiracy is this week's Number One bestseller!! Thanks a million to all of you who've bought it and left your kind comments - really appreciate it. Now, if you could just persuade all your friends to buy it too, we could stay at the top for a second week (!) 😉 SJP.
Posted: 22nd May 2016 @ 7:07 pm
Did you spot S J Parris on the Sunday Times bestseller list over the weekend? And you might just be seeing her again on the list this weekend...
Posted: 16th May 2016 @ 11:00 am
Thanks for all your kind words about the TV deal - I will of course keep you posted with updates! I've added a few new UK festival and bookshop event dates to the News section of my website so I hope to meet some of you at one or other of those. View link
Welcome to the official website of bestselling author S.J. Parris and journalist Stephanie Merritt.
Posted: 11th May 2016 @ 5:43 pm
In case you missed it, some rather big news was released last night... View link
Urban Myth Films has acquired television rights to a series of novels by S J Parris starring 16th century spy and heretic Giordano Bruno. The series will be called "Heresy".
Posted: 11th May 2016 @ 9:32 am
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