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Virtual Book Club: Mike Donoghue introduces his late father’s memoir, The Way it Was

Today’s Virtual Book Club is a little different. It’s different because it is not the author but the author’s son who’ll be answering my questions. I’m delighted that Mike Donoghue approached me to talk about his late father’s memoir, The Way it Was.  Mike’s father was Malachy Donoghue, Malachy was the fourth of nine children…
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Virtual Book Club: Clare Flynn introduces The Frozen River

Today, I’m delighted to welcome Clare Flynn back to Virtual Book Club, my interview series which gives authors the opportunity to pitch their novels to your book club. Clare Flynn is the author of eight historical novels and a collection of short stories. A former Marketing Director and management consultant Clare was responsible for marketing…
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Virtual Book Club: Angelena Boden introduces Edna’s Death Cafe

Today, I’m delighted to welcome Angelena Boden to Virtual Book Club, my interview series which gives authors the opportunity to pitch their novels to your book club. Angelena describes herself as having a touch of the north wind in her nature. Her free spirit has taken her all round the world, living and working, absorbing…
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Virtual Book Club: Sandra Danby introduces Connectedness

A few weeks ago, author Sandra Danby contributed a guest post to my Art in Fiction series. I liked what she had to say, and so I invited her back to talk about her novel Connectedness.  Sandra is a proud Yorkshire woman, tennis nut and tea drinker. She believes a walk on the beach will…
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An exploration of art in fiction: finding your inspiration

The focus of this week’s exploration of art in fiction is finding your inspiration. We kick off with a contribution from Michael Jarvie. Michael is a working-class writer from the North East of England. He is the author of the composite novel The Prison and the thriller Black Art. With a BA Honours degree in…
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An exploration of art in fiction, Part 2: Fictionalised lives of real artists

The week’s exploration of the use of art in fiction (part 2) focuses on novels that tell fictionalised accounts of the lives of real artists.  One of my favourite examples is contained in How to be Both, by Ali Smith. Francesco del Cossa was a 15th Century painter. Although few known examples of his works…
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Smash all the Windows: One month after book launch

Contemporary Fiction with a Social Conscience

You write a book about something you’re passionate about and hope it will resonate with others, but you never really know how readers will react. But now the first reviews are trickling in…  ‘This book was simply stunning – a portrait of grief and loss with immense emotional depth.’ ~ Anne Williams, Being Anne ‘Jane…
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Jean Gill: A Day in the Life

Jean Gill is an award-winning Welsh writer and photographer living in the south of France with two big scruffy dogs, a Nikon D750 and a man. For many years, she taught English in Wales and was the first woman to be a secondary headteacher in Carmarthenshire. She is mother or stepmother to five children so…
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Virtual Book Club: Rohan Quine introduces The Beasts of Electra Drive

Today, I’m delighted to welcome Rohan Quine to Virtual Book Club, my interview series which gives authors the opportunity to pitch their novels to your book club. Rohan is an author of literary fiction with a touch of magical realism and a dusting of horror. He grew up in South London, spent a couple of…
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Virtual Bookclub: Ali Bacon introduces In The Blink of an Eye

Today, I’m delighted to welcome Ali Bacon to Virtual Book Club, my interview series which gives authors the opportunity to pitch their novels to your book club. After graduating from St Andrews University, Ali worked in Oxford’s Bodleian Library where she found a cache of famous Victorian photographs, sparking a life-long interest in early photographers….
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