Thursday, 7 April 2016

March Wrap Up



Mothering Sunday not pictured

I managed to make my way through five books in March, which is surprising as it has been been quite a tiring month (but good tiring - busy, busy, busy). Not much writing was done but some redrafting was done but more about that later. Must try harder next month.

Single, Carefree, Mellow - Katherine Heiny
This is a great short collection with no dud stories tucked in the back, hidden away. These stories contain women who are best friends, flatmates, wives and mistresses, and all of them are looking for a connection with another person. Poor choices are made, lies are buried, secret lives are hidden from families. This short story collection is addictive stuff.

Frances & Bernard - Carlene Bauer
I love novels told in the form of letters. It makes you feel like you're part of the character's secret life. These letters are between Frances and Bernard, both writers, both making their way through the late 1950s into the 1960s - society is changing, and the push and pull of traditional life is splitting these characters into two. Religion, families, relationships and mental health trouble both characters. Fans of Mad Men will love this book.

Mothering Sunday - Graham Swift
Swift explores the importance of stories, and the way they shape our lives, and they way we look back at our lives, reshaping memories into neat stories. This is a short novel so set aside an afternoon and a comfortable chair. You can read my review here.

The Finding of Martha Lost - Caroline Wallace
Caroline Smailes has regenerated into Caroline Wallace and written yet another great novel. Set in 1970s Liverpool, this is a coming of age story of Martha Lost as she tries to discover who she really is. This is a love letter to Liverpool, and is a great novel for soggy afternoons. My review will be appearing in a few days time!

Jane Steele - Lyndsay Faye
Jane Steele is very much like Jane Eyre - orphan, governess but there's one thing that sets them apart...she's a serial killer. Reader, she murders. This a fun and entertaining read set in the 1800s, full of dark and dirty characters, sword fights and gothic elements. Jane Eyre fans will enjoy this novel. My novel will be appearing soon.


Writing
I have been redrafting chapter 23 and it has been a right bitch. I ended up rewriting the chapter, from scratch, three times. I think it's now working, and we're back on speaking terms but I don't think we'll ever be the same. Anyway, chapter 24 is now on the horizon.

I also had a piece published at Murder & Glut called Ways to Convince People That You're Okay After A Break Up.

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