Reading Matters is edited by me, Kim Forrester (aka kimbofo), a self-confessed book addict, freelance journalist, editor and communications specialist.
I am an expat Australian and have lived in London, UK, since 1998. I reside with my long-term partner, an Irishman called T (but often referred to here as "Mr Reading Matters"), in a pokey flat in which there is never enough room to store all my books!
I created this site in 2004 to share my love of books and all things bookish with a wider audience, but there are reviews on Reading Matters dating from 2001, which were originally published on a personal website.
What sort of books do you read?
The site's main focus is modern and contemporary fiction, although I'm not averse to reading the odd classic or two.
My special interest is Irish literary fiction, but I also have a penchant for Australian fiction, anything set in New York, Venice or China, books in translation, true crime, crime fiction and narrative non-fiction. More recently I have begun to explore Canadian fiction thanks to my involvement in the Shadow Giller Prize in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Who are your favourite authors?
My two favourite authors are the late John McGahern and Jennifer Johnston, both of whom are Irish.
You can visit my favourite authors page to see a full run down of other writers I admire. These include everyone from MJ Hyland to Sebastian Barry.
Do you only publish reviews on this site?
No. I also write about book news, book stores, book events and book lists. I'm also quite partial to a bit of "literary tourism", so I'll often write about places I've visited and their bookish connections. Dublin, which is a UNESCO City of Literature, is a particular favourite haunt.
How many people visit this site?
Reading Matters attracts upwards of 7,000 hits a week.
It notched up ONE MILLION page impressions in January 2011. And hit TWO MILLION just three years later in January 2014.
How do I contact you?
You can contact me via my contact page or simply leave a comment below.
I'm always happy to share book tips and blogging advice via email. As a trained journalist, I can also be commissioned to write freelance articles on books and literature for blogs, newspapers and magazines. (Visit my professional website for further information.)
Or if you'd like a guest post for your blog simply ask.
If you would like me to review a particular book please read my review policy first and then email me rather than leave a comment below.