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    Writer’s London by Carrie Kania and Alan Oliver

    May 24, 2020

    I’ve been lucky enough to have been sent a copy of Writer’s London by Carrie Kania and Alan Oliver, and what a pleasure it’s been leafing through it during lockdown. Both the authors are Londoners, one by adoption via New York, and a love of the city, of writing and writers, permeates the pages. It’s arranged by district, with the authors who lived or who are associated with areas popping up, almost to say hello to us, near the streets…

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    Crochet: the perfect Coronavirus hobby

    I was pleased to see in the Guardian today that crafting hobbies like knitting and sewing have soared in popularity during the lockdown. The craft beating all the others hand down, however, was my…

    May 4, 2020
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    My Life in 37 Therapies – Review

    Why is it that when you’ve apparently got all the time in the world, everything takes four times as long as normal to do? When I was sent a copy of My Life in…

    May 1, 2020
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    Meet the Author – Adriana Barros

    It’s such a pleasure in these lockdown days to introduce you to a fab new author – Adriana Barros. Her first YA (young adult) fantasy book, The Magical Life of Lola Bloom, will be…

    April 21, 2020
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    Meet the author – Catherine Fearns

    Sometimes a book comes along that you didn’t quite know you had to read – until you did. Catherine Fearns’ Reprobation was like that for me, a heady mix of Heavy Metal, religious symbolism,…

    March 23, 2020
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    Meet the Author – Alex Macbeth

    I’m very glad to be hosting fellow crime author Alex Macbeth on my blog today. Alex’s gripping thriller, Red Die, is set in Mozambique and has been widely praised for its sense of place.…

    March 19, 2020
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    Meet the Author – Val Penny

    I’m very glad today to be able to welcome author Val Penny back to my blog. Val’s Edinburgh-based murder mystery series, starring Detective Inspector Hunter Wilson, has been compared with the work of Ian…

    March 17, 2020
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    Good Eggs

    It seems like a world away now but it was only about three weeks ago that I squeezed into a little temporary theatre in Webbs Road, Clapham with loads of friends. We were all…

    March 15, 2020
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    Beautiful in the Morning

    Can’t wait to see new film Beautiful in the Morning by the promising Italian-American director, Flavia Casa. I’m a sucker for the cinema anyway, and this is also the first time I will be…

    November 5, 2019
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    The Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood

    I was lucky enough to pop along to the preview of this great show, the Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood, at the National Portrait Gallery the other night. There’s nothing like going to a gallery after hours;…

    October 31, 2019