Category Archives: writers

More on ‘quiet novels’

Last July, I posted a blog bemoaning the fact that agents (and presumably publishers) are so reluctant to ‘take a risk’ on what they call ‘quiet psychological novels’. And lo, three months later I discover author Stephanie Butland blogging “In … Continue reading

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Truth and literary fiction?

Today, as I waded through a flood of emails from Books and Writers Groups, I stumbled upon a contribution I’d like to share with you. On a Linked-In discussion group,  Jamaluddin Jamali, wrote: “A ‘Literary Romance’ Shows the Mind of … Continue reading

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Spirit of the Place

Writing can make you new friends in more ways than one. Recently I met novelist Dennis Hamley and discovered we had a number of interests in common, not the least of which was an admiration for A.S. Byatt and her … Continue reading

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Re-connections with Old Friends

Re-connections with Old Friends.

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Re-connections with Old Friends

An unexpected urge to search my bookshelves for old friends has recently taken hold, and I have found myself enthralled. How glad I am that we have, to a large extent, ignored advice from well-wishers to “send all those books … Continue reading

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My Favourite Book

My Favourite Book.

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These “quiet psychological novels”

I have just re-read Penelope Lively’s Moon Tiger, which won the 1987 Booker Prize, and then her much later The Photograph (2007), because they are on my shelves and reading her is like chatting with an old friend. Ah yes, … Continue reading

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