A review site showcasing treasures you might have missed!


Welome to ​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Minerva Reader, a literary bookclub created with the intention of paying homage to wonderful books, treasures that readers might have missed. 

I started this site to feature hard-to-classify, between-the-genre works. I’m looking for books that strike a chord in your heart and leave vivid, haunting images that will forever dance like the secret shadows on a back-alley wall.

You might wonder why it's called The Minerva Reader. Back in 1995, in Johannesburg, South Africa, I saw an advert for a publishing house in London, UK and they were looking for unsolicited manuscripts. They called themselves Minerva and they were incredibly good at passing themselves off as the traditional publisher by the same name, only the latter was legit and they published beautiful and unusual literary  books. 

The shysters I contacted operated a smooth scam and I was taken for a ride. Later reports say “They went bust (in 2002) because they were a scam. They were sued by more than 40 of their authors, and were the subject of two exposés on the BBC.” Which is satisfying to know!

Now, many years later, I published my ninth book, The Occult Persuasion and The Anarchist's Solution, with my dearly beloved publisher, Inanna Publications – so yes, after a wobbly start, the goddesses have indeed been kind to me!

The Minerva Reader is my way of paying homage to the goddess Inanna who has been so kind to me. In case your mythology is a bit rusty, Inanna is the ancient Sumerian goddess of love, sensuality, fertility, procreation, and also of war. She was also seen as the bright star of the morning and evening, Venus. Minerva was the Roman goddess of wisdom, medicine, commerce, handicrafts, poetry, the arts in general, and later, war.

I keep a single, taped-up copy of that book, Single Girls Go Mad Sooner, and I like the front cover image (shown below). I keep it as a memento of past experiences that while disappointing, were nevertheless the brave efforts of a determined spirit. All writing takes bravery!














Guidelines for Guest Reviewers

And now Dear Reader, you too can contribute reviews and share treasures that others might have missed. Send me a review if you enjoyed a book – guidelines below. 
 
Submission guidelines:
– The books must be by Canadian authors.
– You can’t review your own book or do ‘swop’ reviews i.e. review one another’s
   books.
– This must be an original review, not a repost from Goodreads or a blurb or           any other source.
– There is always a post "about the book" which the reviewer can get from the       publisher's sites or Goodreads and this needs to accompany the submission. 
– It can be poetry, prose, experimental fiction, or thrillers or cozies – anything.
– Send the book cover.
The Minerva Reader is a positive but objective site so no harsh or overly                 gushy reviews.
– This open floor review project will run throughout 2020.
_ The books need to have been published in the past two years.
– Reviews are published at my discretion and timing and every effort will be

   made to post it within a few weeks. 

 
Submit to: [email protected]
Include: About the book (and the source for this),
your name, your book and the book cover.

Deadline for The Minerva Reader's Ultimate Christmas Stocking Book List is the 12th December 2019 but feel free to submit for publication in 2020.