Almost a year ago to the day, I wrote about (some of) my worries about my eldest daughter starting school. We had walked up to the local high street and, along with my youngest, the three of us had chosen and bought Christmas cards together. That afternoon, it dawned on me that there was an … Continue reading School. Not So Bad.
Whistle in the Dark is Emma Healey's second book. It focuses mainly on Jen, whose 15 year old daughter, Lana, goes missing in the Peak District for four days. As Lana has longstanding mental health concerns including depression, self-harm, and suicidal thoughts, Jen assumes that the worst has happened. When Lana returns unharmed, but unwilling … Continue reading Book Review – Whistle in the Dark
Missing Pieces is Laura Pearson's debut novel. The book is divided into two halves, with the first half telling the story of the months following the death of Tom and Linda Sadler's daughter Phoebe. The second half is set twenty-five years later, and Phoebe's younger sister Bea is trying to make sense of Phoebe's death … Continue reading Book Review – Missing Pieces
How Far We Fall is Shemilt's third novel. Set between London and the Scottish island of Jura, it tells the story of Beth, Albie and Ted who are caught in both the past and the present in a web of lies, betrayal and loss. Focusing on the medical careers of Albie and Ted, Shemilt weaves … Continue reading Book Review – How Far We Fall
This week I finished writing the first draft of my novel. The story that started as a short list of bullet points has become a document of over 80,000 words, and it felt like the right time to stop tweaking it in order to get some feedback. A few people (other writers, family members and … Continue reading First Draft Fears
I have started reviewing books on NetGalley and the first book I received was Letters to Iris, by Elizabeth Noble. It is due for publication on 5th April 2018. ~~~ Iris is a grandmother whose past is revealed when her granddaughter finds a number of old letters after Iris moves into a nursing home. Despite … Continue reading Book Review – Letters to Iris
This blog was written for The Motherload and first published here. A close friend recently told me that she is expecting her first baby. Needless to say, I was absolutely delighted for her and her husband, and the joy on both their faces at finally being able to share their news was obvious. We talked about … Continue reading Misunderstandings of Motherhood