Tag Archives: England

Streets of Darkness by A. A. Dhand

I first met Amit Dhand after he had been a speaker at Swanwick Writers’ Summer School last year and I bought his debut novel Streets of Darkness. I almost didn’t go to his talk because I had had a busy day and was quite tired and he was an author I had never heard of. …

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A Fresh Start by guest author Andrew Roberts

My friend and fellow writer ans Swanwicker, Andrew Roberts, has made time to vist the blog to share the remarkably brave changes he has made to his life to advance his writing career. 2018 has been an interesting year for me, with some major changes to my life; I left a full-time accountsjob, paving the …

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Songs of Innocence by guest author Anne Coates

I am thrilled that Anne Coates has made time to visit my blog today. Anne’s fabulous new crime thriller Songs of Innocence was published just this week. Her novels are set in Southwark in one of my favourite world cities, London, England so it is a particular pleasure to have her here to discuss the …

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The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

I do not read a great many ghost stories, alhtough I did read and enjoy Kindred Spirits: The Royal Mile by Jennifer C. Wilson at the end of last year and that is reviewed here, https://bookreviewstoday.info/2017/08/30/kindred-spirits-the-royal-mile-by-jennifer-c-wilson/ . I read The Woman in Black by Susan Hill, because it was book of the month in my book …

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Winchester Writers’ Festival, University of Winchester, West Downs Student Village, Winchester, England

The Winchester Writers’ Festival is held in the middle of June and attracts over three hundred emerging novelists, poets, short story writers, children’s writers, script and memoir writers  from across the UK and the world to the University of Winchester. Delegates attend workshops, talks and one-to-ones with over seventy literary agents, commissioning editors, authors and expert practitioners throughout …

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The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson

I have read several books by Bill Bryson, Made in America is reviewed here: https://bookreviewstoday.info/2013/04/05/made-in-america-by-bill-bryson/. So, when I noticed his new novel The Road to Little Dribbling was out, I made a point of purchasing it. This book is a follow-up to Bryson’s book Notes from a Small Island, which I enjoyed. The Road to …

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Afraid by Mandasue Heller

To date I had always enjoyed the books by Mandasue Heller that I have read and several are reviewed on this site: including Two Faced, https://bookreviewstoday.info/2015/03/30/two-faced-by-manda-sue-heller/, and The Driver https://bookreviewstoday.info/2015/04/29/the-driver-by-mandasue-heller/. As a result of this, when I heard she had this new book out, Afraid, I was keen to read it. Then, as luck would have it, …

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I first read Pride and Prejudice many years ago when the romance of the story truly left a tingle in my soul. It was written by Jane Austen who was born in Stevenage, England, UK on 16 December 1775 and dies early in the 19th century in Winchester on 18 July 1817.  Pride and Prejudice is …

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H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

I recently attended a day course in English Literature run in my village by Ann Scott. Ann is a most knowledgeable and erudite woman who is a lecturer at Glasgow University, Glasgow, Scotland. In addition to this, she runs English Literature classes in the village. Often, her classes study Shakespeare plays or poetry but this …

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Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

Frog Music was written by Emma Donoghue who had written one of my favourite books Room, so when Frog Music was published, I immediately added it to my list of books to read. Room is reveiwed on this site at https://bookreviewstoday.info/2014/02/28/room-by-erica-donoghue/. Donoghue is a very successful author, having earned her living as a writer since the age …

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