Booker Talk’s Review Policy

I’m happy to consider offers of review books that fit with my reading interests. I tend to focus on these categories:

  • literary fiction
  • realist fiction
  • memoirs (excluding those of “celebrities” from the world of entertainment)
  • fiction in translation
  • historical fiction

As a general rule I do not read science fiction, romance, fantasy or young adult.

I am particularly interested in hearing from publishers representing authors based in, or connected with my home country of Wales.

Please note that I do not accept review requests directly from authors or any self-published books

My preference is for print copies or print proofs for review, although I can read e-books if necessary.

My aim is to write fair and objective reviews and to treat authors with respect. This does mean I will comment on aspects I did not enjoy but I will always seek to balance this with elements I did appreciate.

As much as I love reading fiction hot off the press, there are only so many hours in the day that I have to read. And I’m not that fast a reader. So I limit the number of review requests I accept. I hope authors and their publishers will not be offended if I have to say no to a review offer. It’s not a reflection on the quality of the book – simply my way of ensuring I can honour any commitments I make.


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7 thoughts on “Booker Talk’s Review Policy

  • March 17, 2017 at 11:29 pm
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    Any thoughts on whether BLOOD MOON would appeal to you for a review? In the event you’d like to take a look at a chapter or two, I’d be pleased to send via email a mobi copy of the novel.

    Thank you for your consideration.

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    • March 18, 2017 at 10:24 am
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      Thanks for the offer John.I took a look at your website to learn more about the book. I don’t feel its my kind of reading however.

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  • November 17, 2016 at 5:05 pm
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    BOOK REVIEW REQUEST

    BLOOD MOON: Inspired by a true story of kidnapping, torture, extortion and murder the novel gives the reader a vivid look at true evil as well as courage and the will to live. The novel includes a Foreword by the only surviving victim of the crime and an Afterword by the private investigator who was instrumental in solving the case. There is also an addendum with pages from the original deposition given by the PI to the prosecuting and defense attorneys.

    Please see https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Moon-John-David-Bethel-ebook/dp/B01MDKONQO/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1478904578&sr=1-1&keywords=blood+moon+john+david+bethel and if you’d like to take a look at the pre-publication manuscript, I’d be happy to send it to you.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

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  • September 13, 2016 at 4:47 am
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    Hi Karen,

    December is perfectly fine with me. Honestly, given your eclectic choice in books, I just wanted to have your views on this one. I don’t think the release date has much bearing on a book in the long run; it has to hold on its own. Would you like to send your email address to udaymukerji@gmail.com so that I can send over the first chapter to you.

    Best Regards
    Uday

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  • September 11, 2016 at 11:16 am
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    Hi Karen,

    Wanted to check with you whether you would be interested in reviewing my debut, multicultural novel, Love, Life, and Logic, published by Harvard Square Editions. It’s due out in November 2016 in both paperback and Kindle versions.

    About the book:
    Set in Exotic India, Singapore, and in Central Europe, Love, Life, and Logic captures the individual struggle of a young man against the seemingly unnamed, unknown, anonymous power of the universe. In a shocking revelation of his innermost thoughts, the book depicts a painful account of his emotional turmoil arising out of his own confusions and dilemmas, and his personal developments through all that.

    Rohan grows up in a middle class family in a small town in Goa, India. He asks himself many life questions like we all do every day. Is our life and death an end in itself, or do they have a much deeper implication in a gigantic universal process? Is each human life also someway connected to the chain of events unfolding every day in front of our eyes? We all have different thumbprints; but why? Are we all a part of big numbers game, or does each one of us really matter?

    Chased by these and many such questions, Rohan leaves his lucrative job and his family in search of the truth. The journey gets complicated when he meets Adeline, a 23-year old vivacious girl in Vienna. Love, again? That brings him back to question his failed marriage. Is marriage an end of the road for love? Do all marriages come with an expiration date?

    It’s the search and the road leading to his final realization that makes this book insightful and thought-provoking.

    If you have time, I can send you a copy of the eGalley (pdf) with my publisher’s press release for more info.

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    • September 12, 2016 at 4:05 pm
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      Im rather swamped right now Uday so doubt I would be able to get to your novel until about December. Sorry if that doesn’t meet your hopes but I would rather be honest. I also would prefer just to see a chapter or so before committing myself

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