‘How do you eat an Elephant?’ Début Novel Blurb…

How do you eat an Elephant?   Meet Evelyn Blake, she’s been lucky in love, but unfortunately, her luck has just run out. Here she lives in its aftermath.   Evelyn is small and pretty, but in being small and pretty she is often called nice and cute, which, for a young twenty-something who wants to make…

‘How To Build A Girl’ by Caitlin Moran…

Growing up can often be a difficult time. In her book, How To Build A Girl, Caitlin Moran demonstrates just how difficult is can be if you’re a teenage girl in the early 90s, who is a bit porky, has lots of siblings and no friends, from a poor, benefit reliant family, living in Wolverhampton….

Review: ‘The Time of Their Lives’… The time of mine?

The Time of Their Lives, well, it’s not as exciting as it sounds, as life often ends up being. So, if that is the mark of a good book, representing life as it is rather than as a Hollywood fairytale, then, job done Maeve Haran. The Time of Their Lives follows the lives of four women…

A Charming, Heart Warming Read – Jojo Moyes’ ‘The One Plus One’

With this book, Jojo Moyes brings her readers a story about a dysfunctional family that have been given more than their fair share of challenges in life. Juggling two jobs and two children (one of which is not hers), Jess is struggling to keep positive when her life is consumed with worry and monetary difficulty;…

Writing Characters…

As a début novel writer, I have found that there are some areas of writing that are more fun than others, those are often more successful. For me, writing characters is really enjoyable… I like to let them write themselves. Making observations daily, hourly, no… All… The… Time… is a way to see how you…

Reading ‘Desperately Seeking’

This was perhaps a little bit of a shameful scoop off the pdsa shelves; Desperately Seeking might suggest that the reader is also… desperately seeking. But, hey, who cares what your fellow tube travellers think of you! So, aside from occasionally hiding the front cover of the book for fear of emotionally unstable assumptions, I did…

‘Gone Girl’… Secrets, Lies and, Oh Yeah, More Secrets!

Gone Girl (2012) by Gillian Flynn is a thoroughly captivating read. This American story is centred around the disappearance of the Gone Girl, and follows the investigation by the police and by the individuals in the book as they try and figure it out… and try not to blame who many cannot help but blame… the…

Sue Townsend’s ‘The Woman Who Went to Bed For a Year’

With such an intriguingly absurd title, I couldn’t help but be drawn to the book as it sat on the shelf in WHSmith amongst a crowd of pleading others, so I whisked it away (after paying for it) and hoped that it would be an agreeable train-journey companion. I must admit, we tried to get along,…