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The Consequential Hand

I wrote this short story, The Consequential Hand, from the prompt unintended consequences for Story Tyne 2016 in which it was highly commended. It's an odd little story for me, quite dispassionately observed. I hope you enjoy it. The Consequential... Continue Reading →

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My Best Friend’s Exorcism

I am an unashamed retro-ist. Is that even a word? A concept? Let's just say I gaze back rather fondly on the 1980s. I know there was a great big filthy underbelly of rot, corporate greed and conservatism with a... Continue Reading →

Quotes and Thoughts

Here we are, a crisp and shiny new year. I have no resolutions as such though my Goodreads target is again set at 60 books to be read. In the past I've gathered large piles in the TBR heap and... Continue Reading →

My Year in Books: 2017

Goodreads helpfully tells me that I've read 58 books so far this year and that I am 2 short of my target of 60 (soon to be rectified). That's 15,374 words in 50 weeks. No wonder I've ended the year... Continue Reading →

Acadie by Dave Hutchinson

Disclaimer: I'm a bit of a fangirl of @DaveySix-Toes . His Fractured Europe series is sublime - so much so that when Den of Geek asked me to pick my favourite book of 2016 last year I managed to crowbar... Continue Reading →

Wychwood by George Mann

I confess, I'm not a natural crime reader. Nor have I ever knowingly read a word written by Dan Brown (mentioned because several reviews I've read have commented that this novel falls into a similar genre category). Not through literary... Continue Reading →

This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay

I confess, there were times reading this book when my pelvic floor had involuntary panic attacks. It's that kind of book. Funny, frank, uterine curling. Adam Kay originally trained as a junior doctor, specialised in gynaecology and then became a... Continue Reading →

Tough Times & Grisly Crimes by Nigel Green

I've been a little poorly recently and much as I'd like to be a full on star ship trooper bravely kicking and singing my way through ill health, I'm really not that type of girl. Besides, part of my problem... Continue Reading →

The Bees by Laline Paull

'Accept. Obey. Serve.' Anthropomorphism. In my teens there was Richard Adams' Watership Down. My twenties were graced by William Horwood's tales of Duncton Wood, closely followed by The Wolves of Time. My thirties were a bit of a cultural bonfire... Continue Reading →

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