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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...

Review: Before the Fall

Life is made of these moments – of one’s physical being moving through time and space – and we string them together into a story, and that story becomes our life.” Noah Hawley ~ Before the Fall The nature of coincidence is one that is treated really well in Noah...

Welcome to 2017!

Please excuse the hiatus, but even writers need a few weeks off! I’ve just come back from the most amazing trip to Cuba, which is an incredible walk back in time – have a look at the vintage cars you get to drive in (see the photo above). I’ve also...

Brain Games (II)

Following on from last week’s review of The Mind Club comes a non-fiction book by Henry Marsh. If ever you’ve wondered what it might be like to slice through a brain to save someone’s life, or wondered what a career as a brain surgeon is truly like, then Do No...

Paula Marais book review

Brain Games (I)

There are two kinds of perceived minds, each with its own type of morality – thinking doers and vulnerable feelers.”  (Wegner and Gray) I’ve been reading, rather coincidentally about both the physical brain and the thoughts, dreams and actions that result from it. Many talk about the difficulty of coming...

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,...

Wild settings and how to create them

I’m currently listening on Audible to a book called Breaking Wild by Diane Les Becquets. It is told from the perspectives of two characters Pru Hathaway and Amy Ray Latour and the novel is set in the Colorado Wilderness. Amy Ray disappears while going on an elk hunt on her...