Journalist

Liz has contributed interviews, reviews and features to newspapers and magazines around the world.

From 1984-2008 Liz was on the staff of Publishing News, latterly as Associate Editor and Editor. The position offered a ringside seat in the book trade during an era of unprecedented change and involved reporting the day-to-day business of publishing and interviewing its key players. It also provided unique and early access to an astonishing parade of authors eager to talk about everything from a first novel to their presidential memoirs.

From 1993-95, she was literary editor of Chic and from 1997 to 2008, only thinly disguised, she penned a weekly column on publishing for the Independent.

Throughout, she has written widely on aspects of popular music for both specialist and mainstream publications. She is currently a contributing editor to TheArtsDesk.com

The following selection lists articles by category in reverse chronological order.

Interviews | Reviews | Features | Opinion | Obituaries and TributesAbout

Interviews

Musicians

Singer Julie Felix: friends with Leonard Cohen and dinner with David Frost

Folk revival star Bonnie Dobson on taking tea with Bob Dylan and returning to the stage

Janis Ian: 47 years of gigging

Peter Yarrow: A dragon lives forever… (PDF download)

Jane Glover: Settling a score (PDF download)

A life full of music and aiding others: Nana Mouskouri

Joan Baez: Ms Baez regrets… (PDF download)

Barbara Dickson: Don’t think twice, it’s all right

Sir Michael Tippett: Towards the millennium (PDF download)

Peter Townshend: “Running a rock band is not dissimilar from running a publishing house” (PDF download)

Joan Baez: A survivor who still sings for piece (PDF download)

Leonard Cohen: Thoughts of a ladies’ man (PDF download)

Actors

Charlotte Rampling looks at her life

Charlotte Rampling: “I had to survive”

Charlotte Rampling: “I’m now the wise woman”

Actor Charlotte Rampling’s tragic family secret

Oscar-nominated actress Charlotte Rampling talks about growing up in East Anglia

Truly Julie: Julie Walters (PDF download)

Laughter in the dark: Maureen Lipman

Vanessa Redgrave: Addressing Vanessa (PDF download)

Politicians

Jimmy Carter: Renaissance man (PDF download)

Bill Clinton gives Liz Thomson an update on his memoir (PDF download)

Gerry Adams: Even the dogs in the street new the peace process was over

Liz Thomson meets the President of Sinn Fein and a Special Branch officer’s widow Part 1 | Part 2 (PDF download)

Barbara Castle: “Stuff his bloody title” (PDF download)

David Steel: A canny Scot (PDF download)

Norman Tebbit: The real Tebbit? (PDF download)

Publishers

Oneworld piles up the wins

Sigrid Rausing: Rausing to the challenge Part 1 | Part 2 (PDF download)

Stephen Page: The cat’s whiskers (PDF download)

Carmen Callil: Sins of the father (PDF download)

Martyn Goff: A life in books

Paul Hamlyn: The last tycoon (PDF download)

Morgan Entrekin: Morgan’s next ride (PDF download)

Peter Mayer: The Tale of Peter Mayer (PDF download)

Authors, in general

A restaurant in London’s Soho: Clare Lattin and Tom Hill

Alan Bennett: “I hope I’m not getting too old gittish”

Alan Bennett: “One of my real regrets is that I’ve never kept a donkey”

Alan Bennett: “I blame Brexit on Mrs Thatcher. The Tories were not to be trusted”

John Preston: Sex, lies and a murder plot

Rage, rage – Harry Smith’s light burns with the heat of indignation

Andrew Motion: Poetry in motion

Dan Brown: “I sit down in my pyjamas and write”

Stef Penney: In from the cold

Ruth Gruber: A witness to history (PDF download)

Adam Gopnik: A New York state of mind (PDF download)

Amanda Vaill on Jerome Robbins: Those dancing feet (PDF download)

Julie Burchill: A once hip young gunslinger (PDF download)

Gillian Flynn: Out of the Midwest (PDF download)

Colin Larkin and the Encyclopedia of Popular Music: Go where the music takes you (PDF download)

Sharon Moalem: Doctor at large (PDF download)

Alan Bennett: Telling tales at last Part 1 | Part 2 (PDF download)

Gerald Scarfe: Scarce unravelled (PDF download)

Barry Miles: King of the counterculture Part 1 | Part 2 (PDF download)

Richard Picciotto: One year on – the fire chief’s story

James Lee Burke: Still angry after all these years (PDF download)

Sue Townsend: The grit beneath the froth (PDF download)

David Hajdu and Howard Sounes: If not for you (PDF download)

Reviews

Steve Earle & The Dukes: So you wanna be an outlaw

Billy Bragg: Roots, Radicals and Rockers

Bella Bathurst: Sound – review: An illuminating book on deafness

Bob Dylan, Wembley Arena – mannered vocals, poor sound, upsetting

John Mellencamp: Sad Clowns and Hillbillies

Donna Leon: Earthly Remains

Ray Davies: Americana

Sharon Shannon: Sacred Earth

John Mayall, Ronnie Scott’s

Imelda May: Life. Love. Flesh. Blood

Radio 2 Folk Awards, Royal Albert Hall

Tom Waits: Tales from a cracked jukebox

Josh Ritter, St Stephen’s Church

Barbara Dickson, Union Chapel

Judy Collins: A Love Letter to Stephen Sondheim

Alison Kruass: Windy City

Yiyun Li: Dear Friend, from my life I write to you in your life

James Lee Burke: The Jealous Kind

Dolly Parton: Pure and Simple

Martin Carthy: Folk star still singing after all these years

Martha Wainwright: Goodnight City

The New Yorker Book of the Sixties

Alan Bennett: Keeping on Keeping on

Hampstead-born Martin Carthy returns to play in Crouch End

Folk City (PDF download)

Paul Robeson: A Watched Man by Jordan Goodman

All These Years: The Beatles Volume One by Mark Lewisohn

The Story of Music by Howard Goodall

I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen by Sylvie Simmons

My Song: A Memoir by Harry Belafonte

This Land is Your Land: Woody Guthrie and the journey of an American folksong

A Natural Woman: A Memoir by Carole King

All the Madmen by Clinton Heylin

The Man Who Recorded the World: A Biography of Alan Lomax by John Szwed

Bob Dylan in America by Sean Wilentz

Fab: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney by Howard Sounes

Mary Quant: Autobiography

London Calling: A Countercultural History of London Since 1945 by Barry Miles

In the Seventies: Adventures in the Counterculture by Barry Miles

Still on the Road: The Songs of Bob Dylan Vol 2 – 1974-2008

Revolution in the Air: The Songs of Bob Dylan Vol 1 -1957-73 by Clinton Heylin

The Cambridge Companion to The Beatles edited by Keith Womack

A Shirtbox full of Songs by Barbara Dickson

You Never Give Me Your Money by Peter Doggett

Everything is Connected by Daniel Barenboim and Music at the Limits by Edward W Said

Memoirs by Nana Mouskouri

The Encyclopedia of Popular Music edited by Colin Larkin

Ragged Glories: City Lights, Country Funk, American Music by Barney Hoskyns

The Bob Dylan Scrapbook 1956-1966 by Robert Santelli

John by Cynthia Lennon

The Rolling Thunder Logbook by Sam Shepard

Joan Baez at the Bottom Line

Revolution in the Head / Summer of Love (PDF download)

How Can I keep from Singing: Pete Seeger  (PDF download)

The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock ‘n’ Roll/The Illustrated Rock Handbook/Popular Music 3 (PDF download)

Lennon’s epitaph (PDF download)

Features

Desmond Elliott: From Dublin orphanage to the toast of literary London

My father was failed by his homecare company

Five myths about Bob Dylan

Un livre sur l’homosexualité au Maroc remporte le Prix Littéraire de La Mamounia

Gone with the Wind: The legend lives on as a musical of the novel hits the West End

Looking for diamonds in the slush pile

Hollywood on the Hudson: A walking tour of Greenwich Village (PDF download)

Opinion

Why Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize for Literature is long overdue

Bob Dylan’s Nobel: “Yippie! I’m a poet and I know it/Hope I don’t blow it”

Yes, Bob Dylan absolutely deserves the Nobel

When we as patients talk about the NHS, it’s personal (PDF download)

Forty years on, welcome to the new plutocracy (PDF download)

What does Brexit mean for publishing?

Johnson’s Shakespeare, or Much Ado About Nothing

A degree of thought: PRH opens its doors to bright non-graduates

U.K. bookselling adjusting to the new normal

Gail Rebuck and Victoria Barnsley: The dethroned queens of the publishing industry

Team GB £125m, Booktrust £6m: education and literacy are funding sport

Reading to live well

No experience necessary – Ebury ad raises ire

Belafonte: singer and history man

Self-publishing: time for a reality check

Creative writing or creative accounting?

Are publishing courses about writing, or creative writing?

Oxfam: Time to examine the terms of trade

Why size matters

Morrisey: An error of taste and judgment

Tallis, James and Music for Pleasure

Words on music

Obituaries and Tributes

Carole Blake: Obituary

Lord Weidenfeld: Obituary

Jackie Collins: Obituary

Elisabeth Maxwell: A widow’s pique

Fred Newman: Co-founder of the British Book Awards

Fred Newman, 1932-2008

About

Square Roots Productions: ‘Our special transatlantic bond is music’

New morning: on stepping down from the book trade

My back pages: Reflections on a New York book launch

Restoring Robert Shelton’s Bob Dylan biography: ‘I hope Bob would think this version is close to what he wanted to write’

A biography re-released to coincide with Bob Dylan’s 70th birthday gives a real insight into the star’s life

Restoring Robert Shelton’s Bob Dylan biography: Q&A