Monthly Archives: June 2015

Book review: Superfluous Women: Daisy Dalrymple

Superfluous Women: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery –Carola Dunn
Published by Constable, £16.99 h/b.
Release date 9th July

downloadAfter an illness the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple-Fletcher uses her convalescent trip as an opportunity to visit her old school friend, Wilhelmina ‘Willie’ Chandler (one of those superfluous women of the title) in her new home. When the Great War took the lives of 700,000 British men, a generation of women were left without prospect of marriage or a family of their own. These women were often referred to as superfluous women; the forgotten victims of war adrift in a society that denigrated them for their spinsterhood yet in the same breath rebuked these women’s attempts to earn their keep in an era that had yet to acknowledge women’s freshly emergent emancipation. Continue reading


A Once and Future Bookshop.

Indie Book Shops – reposted  from Misha Herwin’s blog

Traveller in Time

Durdam Downs bookhop

I love bookshops. I love the smell and the feel of them. At least I did until they all got to be great, big, huge chains, with no hidden corners or secret spaces where you could come upon mysterious books by writers you had never heard of.

In my childhood, George’s at the top of Park Street in Bristol, ranged over at least three, if not four stories. There were floors for fiction, religion, philosophy, mathematics and science and a whole basement given over to children’s books. You could spend a whole day there just browsing, discovering new authors, or getting lost in a book.

George’s however is long gone and scrolling through a list of independent bookshops in Bristol the only one I could find was the Durdam Down Bookshop. Family run for the past twenty years, unlike the others listed, it still sells new books. Not only that it plays…

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Monsters and the Weeping Woman – Paul Kane

Monsters Book Launch with free dvd offer!

The Alchemy Press

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The Weeping Woman is a short film based on the story by Paul Kane. It just so happens that this tale features in Monsters, the new collection from Paul, due to be launched at next month’s Edge-Lit 4. Monsters will be available as a large-format paperback, with an introduction by Nicholas Vince and fantastic cover art by Clive Barker. Plus…

We will also launch a very limited hardcover version of Monsters — signed and numbered and limited to just 30 copies. As an added incentive, each hardcover comes with a free DVD of The Weeping Woman film., directed by Mark Steensland.

Any copies not sold at Edge Lit will be made available via this website. If you are interested keep an eye on these pages.

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In The Chair 31 – Jan Edwards

Answering questions from the lovely Jan Ruth

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Welcome, Jan Edwards.

How would you describe your writing style in only three words?

Jan: Conversational, chilling, humorous.

If you could have a relationship with one of your fictional characters who would it be and why?


Jan: Leinster Gardens and Other Subtleties is a collection of supernatural short fiction, so probably not! Many people have been in situations where they have seen or heard something that cannot be rationally explained, and most are only to happy to tell those stories, which by their very nature are looking to chill and thrill. If I have managed to do that with my offerings then job done!

If you had to exist for a week in one of your books … which would it be? Would you be a central character or simply watch the story unfold from the sidelines?

Jan: Right now I am working on a crime novel set in WW2…

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Waspish Words

A couple of years ago we had a wasp nest in an air brick right under the front window. Now much as I hate destroying things for the hell of it there were just too many stinging-critters in the house so we had to destroy the nest. It took several attempts – they are tenacious little buggers!wasps
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Book Pages – On or In

I have opened one for Leinster Gardens and Other Subtleties

I already have one for Sussex Tales 🙂

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Sussex Tales final cover 2nd ed small

Nic Hale Writes What She Knows.

Nic Hale is writing what she knows over at the Penkhull Press Site HERE