Tagged: mental health

Review: Fates and Furies

He longed for something wordless and potent: what? To wear her. He imagined living in her warmth forever.” – Lauren Groff Every now and again you get a book that is so delicious, you almost wish you could eat the words in it. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff is such...

Feeling good, doing good

Last week I spoke about my birthday fundraiser for the South African Depression and Anxiety Group. Well, my friends really “came to the party” – literally and figuratively. We raised R7161 – which was just amazing! Here is the speech I wrote for the evening, honouring a very special person,...

Getting mental illness out the closet

Bad enough to be ill, but to feel compelled to deny the very thing that, in its worst and most active state, defines you is agony indeed.” ― Sally Brampton, Shoot the Damn Dog: A Memoir of Depression It was my birthday early January, and this weekend, instead of having...

Gut and glory

The last few weeks I’ve been playing Florence Nightingale. My son has been in and out of hospital for various reasons and so the book Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ by Giulia Enders and narrated by Katy Sobey (I listened to the audiobook) came at...

Therapeutic literature

If I write something, I fear it will happen, and if I love too much, I fear I will lose that person; nevertheless, I cannot stop writing or loving…” Isabel Allende, Paula When my grandmother was dying, I spoke to her from a pay phone somewhere along the Australian coast,...

Leading by emotions

As a writer of fiction, I assume I am not unusual in that I am strongly emotionally charged. It does take empathy and feelings (and imagination) to give greater depth to one’s characters, especially if this is what forms a strong motivation within one’s work. (I write and read for character...

Coffee creativity

Romance in the Winelands

I was just interviewed by the inimitable Phyllis Green from Sarie magazine. You can read the Afrikaans interview here, or read the English below. 1. Where did the idea for this novel come from? From something you saw, experienced or read? When I started writing Love and Wine I was actually...

Jonathan Franzen

Reviewing “Purity”

I’ve just finished Purity by Jonathan Franzen. Not only does this wonderful novel cross from one character perspective to another, but it also jumps continents. My kind of book. When the novel opens, Purity is a young woman, better known by her nickname Pip. She’s living in a squat with...