Monthly Archives: July, 2014

After the Interview by A. A. Abbott

After the Interview is the second novel by A A Abbott. Abbott is the pen name of English author Helen Blenkinsop. The author spent much of her working life in finance and big business. This background is evident throughout the story. The author was brought up in an industrial town that saw most of its …

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The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

The Artist’s Way was recommended to me by my cousin, Jean at a time when I was finding it very difficult to focus on my writing.  It was published in 1992 and is a book to cheer you on when you feel like you can only dream about your passion (writing, painting, drawing…) because the dog needs a …

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Staying On by Paul Scott

I went to a marvelous English Literature course run by Anne Scott, lecturer at Glasgow University, Scotland.  At the end, one of the other students, who was moving house, was giving away some of her books. Just what I needed – more books! I could not resist, and this was one of the books I …

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The Dying Hours by Mark Billingham

I really do enjoy Mark Billingham novels.  I have recently discovered that he also works as a stand up comedian and has done very funny shows with the Scottish author Christopher Brookmyre.  Other books by this author are reviewed here,  https://bookreviewstoday.wordpress.com/2013/04/05/in-the-dark-by-mark-billingham/,  https://bookreviewstoday.wordpress.com/2013/07/15/scaredy-cat-by-mark-billingham/,  ‎‎https://bookreviewstoday.wordpress.com/2013/06/16/sleepyhead-by-mark-billingham/.   Billingham was born Mark Philip David Billingham in Birmingham, England on 2 July, …

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The Changeling by Robin Jenkins

John Robin Jenkins OBE (Order of the British Empire) was born on 11 September 1912 in Flemington, near Cambuslang in the West of Scotland.  He died on 24 February 2005.  He and his three siblings were brought up by his mother after his father died when he was only seven years old.  His mother did …

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Scent of Water by Elizabeth Goudge

This author, Elizabeth de Beauchamp Goudge was born in Wells, England on 24 April, 1900.  She died on 1 April 1984.  Her father was a clergyman and the family were transferred to Ely until her father, Henry Leighton Goudge was made Regius Professor of Divinity at Christ Church College, Oxford.    I had lived with …

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Electric Brae: A Modern Romance by Andrew Greig

Andrew Greig is a Scottish author and poet who was born in Bannockburn, Scotland on 23 September 1951.  He grew up in Anstruther in Fife.  He attended The University of Edinburgh where he read Philosophy.   Greig is also a former Writing Fellow of Glasgow University.  He and his wife, the author Lesley Glaister now …

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