Big Sky by Kate Atkinson
Jan31

Big Sky by Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson is one of my absolute favourite authors. She wrote one of the most brilliant books ever – Life After Life. But I first discovered her through her Jackson Brodie detective series. It’s a long time since Jackson had an outing. Her latest novel, Big Sky, is her first Jackson Brodie book since 2010 and Started Early, Took My Dog. Just for a few pages, I found it slightly weird to be reading a detective story...

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Freelance life: Being bottom of the pile
Jan29

Freelance life: Being bottom of the pile

It is nearly six years since I took voluntary redundancy from the council where I had worked for 15 years to become a freelance writer. And I can safely say that I have never regretted that decision. There are so many advantages to being freelance and working at home – with the main one being flexibility to be there for my kids. So I can drop my son off at school and pick him up and I can deal with getting my daughter to panto...

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Parkrun first lady again
Jan27

Parkrun first lady again

The other day I, unexpectedly, became the first woman across the line at parkrun. My parkrun times have slipped a bit since my heyday of 2017, when I had a phase of regularly getting a time below 23 minutes. That’s when I got my PB of 22:23. Lately, my time has consistently been around 23:40, which is still pretty good for a normal person. While my times remain pretty consistent, my positions change depending on who else is...

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Silent Sunday 26.1.20
Jan26

Silent Sunday 26.1.20

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Violet by SJI Holliday
Jan24

Violet by SJI Holliday

I bought Violet after reading a review in heat magazine, which I find to be a pretty good source of book reviews. A psychological thriller about toxic female friendship, it sounded just my cup of tea. Violet is the story of two young women – Carrie and Violet. They are both travelling alone – Carrie after her best friend had an accident just before their dream trip and Violet after splitting up with her boyfriend. When...

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