Shiny New Books: Issue 13 (and farewell)

Issue 13 of Shiny New Books is out – hurrah! – and it’s got a wonderful selection of reviews and features to explore, as always. Do head over and enjoy – I know that’s how I’ll be spending my day. Many thanks to all our contributors.


It’s also a time of change over at Shiny. There will be an announcement in the new year about what will happen to SNB ‘going forward’ (as we say in marketing), but it’s my final issue as an editor. Annabel and Harriet will continue to do their brilliant work, but Victoria and I are stepping down – remaining ‘editors at large’, but not being in the core four anymore.

My decision is mostly based on finding more time for this blog, and realising that I wasn’t making enough time to commit to Shiny as much as it deserved. But I am so, so proud to have been a part of it for three years (three years!) and honoured to have worked alongside Annabel, Harriet, and Victoria – three nicer, more generous, and book-loving people you could not find. You can read more of our reflections on the past three years in BookBuzz.

6 thoughts on “Shiny New Books: Issue 13 (and farewell)

  • December 8, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Sorry you’re leaving Simon, but I can understand that you need a break – it’s a heck of a commitment, and thanks for all you’ve done on Shiny! :)

  • December 8, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    I/We shall miss you hugely on the Shiny team (I will twist your arm for the occasional review for us still if you’ll let me). It’s a time of big change for you Simon – not just Shiny – so embrace it, but stay in touch. THANK YOU! xxx

  • December 8, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    I have to say, Simon, that I’m glad you chose making more time for the blog. I enjoy reading it and, selfishly, don’t like it when you’re distracted by other things, even worthwhile things. So thanks for not giving up the blog.

  • December 8, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    My heart stopped when I saw the “Farerwell”. I thought you were shutting down your blog! Hurrah, you are not. I don’t comment much but I do read all of your posts (and listen to your podcast) and am glad you will be giving yourself more time to devote to Stuck in a Book. : )

  • December 8, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    Moving on is good even if I am sure you have some sadness at doing so. Of course you have made a big contribution to SNB and will naturally be greatly missed.

  • December 12, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Sorry you’re letting go of Shiny but I can only imagine what a huge commitment it is. You have made such a major contribution to it and will be missed. I’m glad you’re keeping on here, though!

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