Month: August 2016

Books – The Many by Wyl Menmuir

One success of the Man Booker longlist this year has been to throw up a few random choices, ignoring the established and safe choices for some intriguing titles. The Many is the debut novel (novella? at 141 pages this makes a welcome break from the lengthier tomes of last year’s list) from Wyl Menmuir, published by Salt, an independent publisher. Set in an isolated … Read More Books – The Many by Wyl Menmuir

The Seamstress – Part Four

Kitty was a determined woman. It was less than an hour later when she poked her head in at Nora’s room, smiling broadly. ‘I just gave Ned a piece of my mind regarding his less than chivalrous behaviour last night. He apologises profusely and promises to do everything in his power to bring Sean to the King’s tonight.’ ‘But what am I to say … Read More The Seamstress – Part Four

Books- The Book of Night Women by Marlon James

Most people know Marlon James for A Brief History of Seven Killings, his Man Booker prize winning novel. When he won last year, several people began to tweet about his previous book, The Book of Night Women, saying that they thought it equally as good, if not better. Having now read it, I feel compelled to agree. Born into bondage in the corrupted paradise … Read More Books- The Book of Night Women by Marlon James

Just Write/Writing Magazine party

Not long ago I wrote a piece about writing competitions and so I thought it only fitting to share my first shortlisting, for the 2016 Just Write Creative Writing competition, run in association with Writing Magazine and John Murray Press. A big draw for me when deciding to enter this competition was the prize – six shortlisted authors were to be invited to a … Read More Just Write/Writing Magazine party

The Seamstress – Part Three

Nora woke at dawn the next day, bright sunshine through the curtain-less windows prodding her eyes open as the lamplighters did their rounds, undoing their work of the night before. She tossed and turned for a little while before giving in to the day and rising from the narrow bed that she had slept alone in for almost a year, ever since arriving at … Read More The Seamstress – Part Three

Books – Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

For five years this book has sat on my bookshelf, at three different addresses. For some reason award winning books tend to sit longer in my TBR pile than any other (Wolf Hall is staring at me, unread, at this very moment). I’m not sure of the reason; perhaps it’s because there’s less of the unexpected. These books have already received validation from more … Read More Books – Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Sarah Forbes Bonetta, an African princess in Victorian England

Few people know that Queen Victoria had a black goddaughter, named Victoria after her patron. The mother of this girl had been under the protection of the queen since arriving in England as a young child. Her name was Sarah Forbes Bonetta. Sarah’s story begins with tragedy. Born into a royal family in West Africa, as a five year old child she was orphaned, her parents … Read More Sarah Forbes Bonetta, an African princess in Victorian England