In hindsight, 2018 hasn’t been the year I expected it to be. In January, I was hopeful that this would be the year that my own identity emerged from beneath that of my children’s, and I was looking forward to finding my dreams and following them. I thought that all of this would come from … Continue reading Reflections on 2018
2018 has been a great year for reading; I’ve enjoyed 55 books over the past twelve months. With the birth of The Motherload Book Club at the start of the year, I’ve had recommendations galore and plenty of proofs to devour and review. January’s first book was The Power, a gutsy look at a world in which … Continue reading Top Five of 2018
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