Band, Book, Cook …

A few days ago I had the unexpected pleasure of being invited onto BBC Radio Wiltshire’s Afternoon Show to share my lockdown recommendations for a music track, a book and a recipe. Choosing a music track took me on a trip down memory lane and I settled for Gerry Rafferty’s ‘Get it Right Next Time’.…

Lockdown lessons

Day Sixty of lockdown and I have attempted something I’ve never done before: cut my own hair. An ace procrastinator at the best of times I can always be relied upon to find something more distracting: checking my Twitter feed, trying to book a delivery slot, working on my next manuscript. Wait, shouldn’t that last…

An enduring memoir

On 11 February 1990 I was on-call as a young GP, snatching a breather between morning and afternoon surgeries, when I was drawn to the television screen in the surgery waiting room. I watched, mesmerised, as Nelson Mandela emerged from Victor Verster prison after twenty-seven year’s incarceration. His long walk to freedom had become a…

The blog tour begins …

I was delighted, this week, to receive a lovely review of Love Until it Hurts from book blogger Callie Hill. Callie is a voracious reader with an eclectic taste ranging from thrillers to classics to contemporary fiction. Currently she is studying for an English Literature degree and working on her debut novel, a psychological thriller.…

Breathing new life into characters

Books are like passports. They take us wherever we want to travel. The destination may be a land, real or imagined; it could be a different time zone, historical or futuristic; or it may just be another emotion, leaving us uplifted or reflective when we finish the last page. Stories allow us to escape, to…