Category Archives: Life on the edge

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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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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Non-parent writing about parenting issues – where have I gone right?

Having ducked out of the whole breeding issue, I stand as an observer of friends, family, colleagues – and partner – who have all trodden that uneven path. I’ve been lassoed in from time to time, as a totally unprepared … Continue reading

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Start ’em young

In 1990s in Berkshire, I ran a young people’s performance group, Fable Productions. Students devised, wrote, and performed their own plays. I remember them all. ​ Occasionally, I wrote plays based on students’ ideas. Wonder do they remember me? And … Continue reading

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Short Story: The Old House / When I was Ten

This is a story submitted to a writing group – who disliked it because they said they couldn’t empathise with the narrator. Admittedly, it isn’t women’s magazine/romcom format. Anyhow, here it is: The Old House / When I was Ten … Continue reading

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Thank you to Anne Williams for her – poli kala (very good) – review of JIGSAW ISLAND

Anne has crowned the last day of the Random Things blog tour… HERE ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5.0 out of 5 stars Moving, thought-provoking, engaging Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 7 August 2020 From the moment I began to read, I remembered how … Continue reading

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‘Loved it’ – Thank you to Julie Ryan for her review of JIGSAW ISLAND on Amazon 5 August

5.0 out of 5 starsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 August 2020 At first, it took me a while to get into this book. However, once Annie arrives in Symi the pace quickens and by the time she’s on … Continue reading

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