How to Write the First Draft of Your Novel

For as long as I can remember I have wanted to write a novel. In fact, as a teenager I started writing a very bad one (which never got further than the first chapter and thankfully has never seen the light of day). The fact that it was truly awful doesn’t really matter. The point…

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Reading Lately – May 2018

It’s going to be a quick round up this month, as I’ve had a light month on the book front. After all my boasts about my exciting to-read pile last month I managed to read the sum total of just two 😉 . That said, one of them was Outlander, which stretches to over 850…

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Reading Lately – April 2018

April has been a good month for me on the reading front, and the combination of school holidays, trips away in the campervan and longer evenings have seen me making good progress on my reading pile. I can’t seem to stop myself adding to it every time I visit a second hand bookstore or my…

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Reading Lately, Feb-Mar 2018

You might remember that in February I didn’t manage a reading round up because I was so busy writing a post in honour of World Book Day, so this month I have a bumper round up for you – gold star if you stick it out to the end 🙂 . The last few weeks…

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Five Reasons to Pick Up a Book on World Book Day

With World Book Day on the horizon, what better excuse to share something bookish? There are few things that make me happier in life than devouring copious amounts of words written on a page. Put a book in front of me and I’m smiling, put me in a lovely library and I’m ecstatic, put me in a…

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Five of the Best Book-to-Film Love Stories

Three of my favourite things in life are books, films and love, and Valentine’s Day is a perfect excuse to curl up with a romantic book, or persuade/force/cajole my husband into watching one of my favourite soppy movies. Better still, both – with books about love that have also been turned into films just perfect…

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Reading Lately – January 2018

It seems like such a long time since I did one of these monthly reading round ups. January is one long month, eh? And I didn’t do a proper round up in December as I was too busy writing about my favourite books of the year. So this is going to be something of a…

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My Ten Favourite Books of 2017

Ah, such a big statement isn’t it, ‘my favourite books of the year’. I mean, what if the best book ever pops up in the last week of December? A pile of Christmas to-do lists means that’s a chance I’m just going to have to take 🙂 This year has been a fab one for me…

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Reading Lately – November 2017

November has been a fab month for me on the reading front, and the combination of darker evenings, horrible weather and my penchant for a 40-minute bath every night have really seen me rattling through my ‘to read’ list. I’ve managed to surpass my three-books-a-month limit for the first time in ages, which makes me…

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Reading Lately – October 2017

October was a fab month for me on the reading front, mainly because our half term holiday to Mallorca gave me lots of opportunities to lounge about indulging my favourite hobby 🙂 Reading really is one of my ‘happy things’ in life and I love writing these monthly posts and passing on some literary inspiration.…

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