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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Project 366 2020 Week 4
Jan25

Project 366 2020 Week 4

It’s been a busy week with extra rushing around. Here’s our week in pictures… Day 19 – Sunday 19th January – week two of marathon training was completed with a nine mile run. I have a tradition of sharing my Sunday long run photos on Instagram and often here too. My husband took this photo – and I hate it! I’ve never understood when people say ‘I nearly didn’t post this photo...

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