Edd McCracken

Edd McCracken lives in Scotland, dislikes book spine breakers and loves when small words harmonise to make big ideas. Follow him on Twitter:  @EddMcCracken

“Without the imaginary, we can’t function” – In conversation with Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman has a cold. Not a full blown, honking phlegmy kind of cold, just the mild, almost genial sort ...

Catch The Heart Off Guard And Blow It Open – Why Seamus Heaney Mattered

Last Father’s Day I gave my dad a copy of Seamus Heaney’s poem Digging. It is one of Heaney’s earliest ...

What Carries the Darkness? – Margaret Atwood on Monsters and TWILIGHT

This post is part of our Margaret Atwood Riot Reading Day, a celebration of one of our favorite authors on the occasion of ...

Who is the Real Digital Villain: Amazon or Publishers?

In a tent in Edinburgh’s Charlotte Square a gentleman is being flogged. His crime? He is a publisher. His assailants? ...

Fear of Flash Gordon and Sibling Rivalry: Why Authors Use Pen Names

So, like the end of a Scooby Doo cartoon, debut detective novelist Robert Galbraith has been unmasked as none other ...

Is There Such a Thing as an American Novel?

The Great American Novel is like Moby Dick, the whale, not the book. Ever since the phrase was coined in ...

Seven Reasons Why Doctor Who is a Literary Hero (The Best of Book Riot)

Much of the good ship Book Riot is off at Book Expo America this week, so we’re running some of ...

Readin’ On A Jet Plane: How Do You Pick Books for Long Flights?

First World Problems existed long before some smug 20th century types erected a podium for countries to congratulate themselves for ...

LIKE CLOCKWORK and the Reboot of Serial Novels

There’s something romantic about a serialised novel. It has a whiff of the Victorian about it, the tang of the ...

Doc Of Pages: Seven Reasons Why Doctor Who is a Literary Hero

Doctor Who is essentially a literary character. It is just a happy galactic coincidence that he got lost on the ...

The Centre Cannot Hold: Chinua Achebe and Rewriting the World

Over the course of his 82 years Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe attracted many titles. To some he was the Father ...

What Your Brain Sounds Like On Books

Everyone has synaesthesia. Thankfully, this is not some terrible equine-meat borne virus. It is when our synapses put their keys ...

What Next? 3 Books Like THE GREAT GATSBY To Read After

So you’ve read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the fifth best book of all time according to the ...

Blood and Beer – A Pint With Ian Rankin

  A charcoal Monday in Edinburgh. January. Lunchtime. Rain. The Oxford Bar. Ian Rankin is opening letters “Look at this ...

A 2013 Dictionary For Book Lovers – New Words For A New Year

Happy new year folks! From where we sit, 2013 rolls out before us like some vast, uncharted country. So, to ...