Category Archives: Humour

Thank you to Pauline Barclay and CHILL WITH A BOOK readers

Many thanks to Pauline for her enthusiasm for promoting Indie writers and to the readers who make the award possible… Delighted that JIGSAW ISLAND is your choice.

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New book CROW COURT by Andy Charman

Today I received a signed copy of CROW COURT – my friend Andy Charman’s debut novel set in C19th Dorset. Andy and I met on an Arvon Editing course in 2018. He read an extract to the group and I … Continue reading

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Friday Fiction Feature for Jigsaw Island

Many thanks to LORRAINE MACE, creator of the hugely popular D.I. STERLING series (https://www.lorrainemace.com/d-i-sterling-series/) for including JIGSAW ISLAND in her blog today. Find it HERE

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New Goodreads review of Jigsaw Island

Thank you to David Tucker for this lovely review on Goodreads September 22, 2020 A very timely, humane book, full of heart and humour. It is believable and its structure is never contrived. One is drawn in through the alternating … Continue reading

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Review: The Girl from the Hermitage by Molly Gartland

Published by Lightning Books 2020 Fascinated by this period of Russian history since a teenager – after watching Dr Zhivago – I wanted to review Molly Gartland’s The Girl from the Hermitage, and I’m glad I did. Inspired by a … Continue reading

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Herkos odonton – a barrier of teeth i.e. keeping secret

OK, opening the barrier, and about to give away one of my secrets. Not that I have a bronze medal for Scottish Highland and Country dancing, not that I was asked to give up maths in 5th year because I … Continue reading

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Another five star review for JIGSAW ISLAND

Thanks to Jillian Morton for her review of JIGSAW ISLAND. Deleted a couple of words because – oops – they contain a spoiler But thank you, Jillian, for a great review. Taken a while to get here from Oz but … Continue reading

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The cuts to our brainchildren that we can’t bear to lose.

Cutting and editing is one of the most difficult things to do as a writer. Some years ago, I started a novel based on a situation (a hugely dysfunctional neighbourhood) then realised there wasn’t a strong enough story. So I’ve … Continue reading

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JIGSAW ISLAND – new review on Goodreads

This is a warm and delightful read. I really enjoyed it. Characters and relationships are brought to life with skilfully written and convincing dialogue. The relationships are believable and very relatable. All in all, it was an engrossing plot, well … Continue reading

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For those of you who remember calypso…

Shopping calypso, shopping calypso, hear all about it – yakka-yak-yak Morrisons Sainsburys Aldi and Tesco – giving out the discounts and getting it back Well we had a happy ‘sperience in Teignmouth town Never thought our groc’ry store would let … Continue reading

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