Paul Ewen

Paul Ewen is a New Zealand writer based in south London. In NZ his work has been published in Landfall and Sport, and in the UK his stories have appeared in the British Council’s New Writing anthology (edited by Ali Smith and Toby Litt), and also in the Times Higher Education Supplement and Tank magazine. He has written for Dazed & Confused, and is a regular contributor to Hamish Hamilton’s online magazine Five Dials.

His first book, London Pub Reviews, was called ‘a cross between Blade Runner and Coronation Street’ (Waterstones) and ‘a work of comic genius’ (Dan Rhodes).

Francis Plug—long-time companion of Paul’s, if only in a parallel universe—is a key figure in the British literary scene, regularly found in the company of today’s highest p

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Francis Plug: How To Be A P...

3.62 avg rating — 281 ratings — published 2014 — 7 editions
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3.70 avg rating — 43 ratings — published 2018 — 3 editions
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London Pub Reviews

4.07 avg rating — 15 ratings — published 2006
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Tell You What: Great New Ze...

4.14 avg rating — 22 ratings — published 2014 — 4 editions
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“Bookish folk aren’t what they used to be. Introverted, reserved, studious. There was a time when bookish folk would steer clear of trendy bars, dinner occasions and gatherings. Any social or public encounters would be avoided at all costs because these activities were very un-bookish. Bookish people preferred to stay in, or to sit alone in a quiet pub, reading a good book, or getting some writing done. Writers, in fact, perhaps epitomised these bookish traits most strongly. At least, they used to.
These days, bookish people, such as writers, are commonly found on stage, headlining festivals, or being interviewed on TV. Author events and performances have proliferated, becoming established parts of a writer’s role. It’s not that authors have suddenly become more extroverted – it’s more a case that their job description has changed.
Of course, not all writers are bookish. Not in the traditional sense of the word anyway. Some are well suited for public life, particularly those from certain academic backgrounds where public speaking is encouraged and confidence in social situations is shaped and formed. These writers may even be termed ‘gregarious’, and are thus happy being offered up for speaking engagements, stage discussions and signings. Good for them. But the others – the timid, shy and mousy authors – they’re being thrust into the limelight too. That’s my lot. The social wipeouts. Unprepared and ill-equipped to face our reader audience. What’s most concerning is that no one is offering us any guidance or tips. We’re expected to hit the ground running, confident and ready, loaded with banter, quips and answers. It’s a disaster waiting to happen.”
Paul Ewen

“As with so many other author events, there's no great desire for promptness. Punctuation, it seems, is left to the editors.”
Paul Ewen, Francis Plug: How To Be A Public Author

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