Hello, Readers!

Wow – here we are. The THIRD ISSUE of Shift! Take that, naysayers. LOOK AT US NOW MUM.

Ahem. Where were we? Thank you so much to all the wonderful people who have supported us so far – publishers, authors, bloggers, omnipresent ghosts that stalk our every waking move, you’ve all helped us to make this possible. You are infinite.

The July issue is a special one. It’s Summer! The perfect time of year for sitting under a tree and getting lost in a great book. A much-loved classic, or a brand-new discovery, Summer has time for them all! Not to mention July sees the return of the brightest star in the YA calendar – YALC season is upon us!

For those of you who don’t know, YALC (or the Young Adult Literature Convention) was started up by the outstandingly brilliant Malorie Blackman in 2014, and is a three-day extravaganza of all things YA. WE COULDN’T BE MORE EXCITED. We’re talking E. Lockhart, V.E. Schwab, Melinda Salisbury, Laini Taylor – it’s such a jam-packed line-up that we’re going to suffer permanent spinal damage from carting books around all weekend. But it’s worth it for those sweet sweet signatures. To keep up to date with who’s going to be there, and what panels will be going on, go follow the official YALC Twitter account now. And book your tickets. You won’t regret it.

So, what does the July issue hold? Why all sorts, dear reader – dive in and have a riffle through our digital pages. We’ve got reviews on the Summer’s must have books, plus a bunch of interviews with those elusive and magical creatures known as authors.

Gosh, we do treat you alright, don’t you?

~ The SHIFT Editors


The Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle

Truth Or Dare by Non Pratt

Girlhood by Cat Clarke


Farewell Tour of a Terminal Optimist by John Young

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Countless by Karen Gregory

Who Runs The World? by Virginia Bergin

If Birds Fly back by Carlie Sorosiak

After The Fire by Will Hill

Day 7 by Kerry Drewery

Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner


Catherine Barter

Rachel talks to Catherine about her debut, Troublemakers.

Moira Fowley-Doyle

Darran chats with Moira about her second book, The Spellbook of the Lost and Found. 

Lauren James

Lucy discusses Lauren’s forthcoming The Loneliest Girl in the Universe.


BACKLIST: Liccle Bit by Alex Wheatle

Liccle Bit, the first in Alex Wheatle’s Crongton sequence is a triumph from start to finish. It follows Lemar aka Liccle Bit, a young teenager living on an estate embroiled in gang violence between the North and South gangs. He lives with his mother, grandmother, sister and young nephew, and feels he’s always blamed for everything even if he tries to do the right thing.


Close To Comfort by Thara Popoola

Al-Most Haunted by Emma Dykes

Lying Mirrors by Iman Khabl