Writing Fiction by James Essinger: stimulating and thorough

Writing Fiction – a user-friendly guide ‘Writing Fiction is a little pot of gold… Screenplay by Syd Field for film, Writing Fiction by James Essinger for fiction. It’s that simple.’ William Osborne, novelist and screenwriter Writing Fiction – a user-friendly guide is a must-read if you want to write stories to a professional standard. It… Continue reading Writing Fiction by James Essinger: stimulating and thorough

The Last Landlady by Laura Thompson: a serving of social commentary, history and memoir to be lingered over

Summary Award-winning biographer Laura Thompson pays homage to the English pub through the remarkable story of her grandmother, the first woman in England to be given a publican’s licence in her own name Laura Thompson’s grandmother Violet was one of the great landladies. Born in a London pub, she became the first woman to be… Continue reading The Last Landlady by Laura Thompson: a serving of social commentary, history and memoir to be lingered over

How Not To Write Female Characters by Lucy V Hay: inspiring advice

How Not To Write Female Characters Female characters. When fifty per cent of your potential target audience is female, if you’re not writing them in your screenplay or novel? You’re making a BIG mistake! But how should you approach your female characters? That’s the million-dollar question … After all, women in real life are complex,… Continue reading How Not To Write Female Characters by Lucy V Hay: inspiring advice

Bird Therapy by Joe Harkness: honesty, courage and healing

Synopsis When Joe Harkness suffered a breakdown in 2013, he tried all the things his doctor recommended: medication helped, counselling was enlightening, and mindfulness grounded him. But nothing came close to nature, particularly birds. How had he never noticed such beauty before? Soon, every avian encounter took him one step closer to accepting who he… Continue reading Bird Therapy by Joe Harkness: honesty, courage and healing

Rough Magic by Lara Prior-Palmer: a gruelling story of self-discovery

Synopsis The Mongol Derby is the world’s toughest horse race. A feat of endurance across the vast Mongolian plains once traversed by the people of Genghis Khan, competitors ride 25 horses across a distance of 1000km. Many riders don’t make it to the finish line. In 2013 Lara Prior-Palmer – nineteen, underprepared but seeking the… Continue reading Rough Magic by Lara Prior-Palmer: a gruelling story of self-discovery

Bloom Where You’re Planted (Life the Expat Way) by Lasairiona McMaster: hands-on advice on how to blossom abroad

Bloom where you are planted (Life the Expat way) Are you contemplating a move abroad? Don’t panic! From culture shock to capable, from language barriers to lifelong friends, and from foreign land to the familiar. Being hurled into life in a strange new place can be daunting and overwhelming, but it can also be exciting… Continue reading Bloom Where You’re Planted (Life the Expat Way) by Lasairiona McMaster: hands-on advice on how to blossom abroad

Chickens Eat Pasta by Clare Pedrick: so atmospheric you can hear those chickens clucking!

Synopsis Not just another romance, but a story of escapism, coincidences, friendship, luck and most of all… love. Chickens Eat Pasta is the tale of how a young Englishwoman starts a new life after watching a video showing a chicken eating spaghetti in a mediaeval hill village in central Italy. “Here I was, 26 years… Continue reading Chickens Eat Pasta by Clare Pedrick: so atmospheric you can hear those chickens clucking!

Tales from the Pays d’Oc by Patricia Feinberg Stoner: delightful and atmospheric

Tales from the Pays d’Oc Twenty-one tales of life, love and laughter in the land of sun and vines. What is Matthieu doing up an olive tree?  Why won’t Joséphine ever eat pizza again?  Who went four by fourth? And who rescued two hapless Americans at Armageddon Falls? Travel to the Languedoc, feel the scorch… Continue reading Tales from the Pays d’Oc by Patricia Feinberg Stoner: delightful and atmospheric