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Book of the Week - Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig It’s an unusual one this week, and it’s my choice because of a tweet that I received. ‘Reasons for Staying Alive’ by top author Matt Haig (‘How to Stop Time’ was his previous hit) has been a bestseller and a key recommendation for many people in dire straits and suffering from depression. Lots of info on the reviews about how this fascinating book has inspired so many people who are feeling down. Worth a read, or worth recommending to someone you know who needs it. It's been called 'a modern classic' and it really is - still in the top…
Book of the Week - Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty Well having just finished The Husband's Secret and having loved every page of it, my next choice had to be another from Liane Moriarty. I often do this – where I discover an author and love their work so much I want more immediately. Therefore it is a pleasure to feature Truly Madly Guilty.Once again Liane Moriarty uses her unique razor sharp observational skills to sift through the emerging fault lines of seemingly happy families. It was just a backyard barbecue. They didn’t know the hosts that well. They were friends of friends. If only they’d said no. But Clementine…
Book of the Week - The Husband's Secret by Lianne Moriarty Book of the Week – Omg it’s a smashing one! I don’t know about you but I loved – LOVED – Big Little Lies. Well it’s based on a book by Lianne Moriarty. She also wrote this week’s Book of the Week – called ‘The Husband’s Secret.’ And if you loved BLL, you’ll love this! Based in an Australian domestic setting, covering secrets and lies within several families, it’s got a similar format to Big Little Lies, which was such an amazing success and an award winner. The best thing is Lianne pulls you in almost immediately into the tale…
Book of the Week - Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough Book of the Week – it’s a fabulous author whom I have adopted as one of my regular must-reads – Sarah Pinborough. Her novel Behind her Eyes was my book of the year for 2017. Well, her latest story, Cross Her Heart is just out. One of the things I like best about reading Sarah’s books is that she wrong-foots my guesses about the plot twists. And she does it again in this novel about a woman and her daughter escaping her awful past. I won’t say too much as it may be a spoiler, suffice it to say if…
Want to write your first novel? Or edit your fifth? On Writing is book of the week AT our writers' retreat in Devon guests are often asking basic questions about how to write a novel. I've only written a few and I answer the best I can, so it's a joy to have this new book out to give them. On the very first day I bought it, a lovely lady called Clare, who had only written short stories before, retired to bed after asking permission to borrow it and came down the next morning with several of her burning questions answered. I think it's going to be very well thumbed.Having done one of Cornerstones courses, in…