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The Tiny Gestures of Small Flowers
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The Tiny Gestures of Small Flowers

It’s 2004. Lonely, sensitive and sharply observant seventeen year old Eleonora (Nell) moves to Brighton in search of independence. There she meets the charming, older Scott. The freedom Nell sought is quickly curtailed as her life spirals into a suffocating existence lived under the shadow of cohesive control and Scott’s violent temper. Memories of Nell’s childhood constantly resurface, forcing her…

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My top three isolation/lockdown reads

The Skylark’s War by Hilary McKay. Written for children, and set in the Edwardian era, The Skylark’s War provides cosy escapism into a very different time, but also offers parallels between then and now. Clarry, Peter and Rupert face a crisis (the first world war) that changes their lives, the lives of all those around them, and requires them to…

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My favourite reads of 2019

In January 2019 I had this rather nifty idea (so I thought) of writing down all the books I read during the year as I went along. I dedicated a couple of blank pages in my notepad and began my list (I think with Rachel Cusk’s novel Outline) I have never owned a reading diary, or kept track of what…

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Notes on My Family
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Writing Notes on my Family

I began writing Notes on My Family during the final year of my undergraduate degree. I studied Creative Writing at London Metropolitan University. I knew I wanted to write something very different to anything I had attempted before. I wanted to write in the present tense, for the novel to be fast paced, and for there to be a sense…

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