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‘Rebecca’ by Daphne Du Maurier : #bookreview

I must be the only person in the world not to have read this book.  I remember watching the Olivier film on the tellybox in my teens and thinking the acting all very wooden and postured and although Mrs Danvers held onto my imagination with her insidious, austere presence, the story didn’t really capture my … Continue reading

Sophie’s Exit

This hadn’t exactly been how she’d wanted it to happen but she’d been planning it for so long that it was too late to change anything now. She’d followed her own self-imposed rules.  Made sure she carried on as if nothing were about to happen; nothing different; nothing strange, unusual, unprecedented, and yet—and yet she … Continue reading

Frying Pans and Fire

She wasn’t going to need it where she was going.  They’d said the place was furnished like a palace; room after room of cosy, calm, uplifting colours—every hue of the rainbow and more—and she couldn’t bloody wait.  Nobody in the world wanted a poxy pale green velour armchair.  And nobody since the middle-ages had owned … Continue reading

You Are Now Entering The State of Limbo

  I’ve been here before but the landscape was slightly different back then.  There are photographs of the time before where The Girl is just 5 and she’s dressed as a shocking-pink My Little Pony character with her voluminous ‘tail’ created from petticoat/underskirt netting.  I didn’t fully comprehend at the time just how much living in … Continue reading

Noticing a Cry for Help

When I was 19, my best friend–who’d taken a year out before going to Uni–left our hometown and moved over an hour away.  I know that doesn’t sound like much of a distance but this was 1982, I’d already failed 2 driving tests and couldn’t afford to take another one, let alone buy a car … Continue reading

From Rejection to Representation – 6 Steps to Landing a Literary Agent

I caught this blog post linked through Twitter from Fiona Mitchell and had to share it: Source: From Rejection to Representation – 6 Steps to Landing a Literary Agent

Should Vegans Preach on the Internet?

Originally posted on Existentialist Vegan:
I often come across people that tell me something along the lines of: “I don’t mind vegans, what they do is great, but, they shouldn’t preach about it all the time.” I think people forget that everybody talks about their hobbies and interests, and that includes the ‘annoying’ ones like…

The Journey – a poem by Mary Oliver

The Journey  One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice– though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old tug at your ankles. ‘Mend my life!’ each voice cried. But you didn’t stop. You knew what you had … Continue reading


I’m not a fan of online personal ‘spilling’ but when it’s connected to Mental Health Issues then I can’t think of a better place to publicise the importance of sharing the extremes of this debilitating condition. Not content with knocking me flat generally, the black dog which has followed me around for most of my … Continue reading


He can’t find the colour photographs; the ones with the vibrant fields of tulips from their trips to Holland, or the ones with seas of golden sunflowers on the Tuscan hills.  They must be somewhere.  Perhaps Helen’s moved them.  Maybe she’s arranged them inside one of those gilded albums she likes to keep within arms’ … Continue reading


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