Category Archives: Book

‘From the Womb to the Tomb’ – at last a title. Now to get writing…

  Last year I wrote about my next commission – a book about early 19th century medicine, focusing on the medical life of a surgeon apothecary. I added a note to the piece, asking for ideas for a title, as … Continue reading

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‘Be excellent to each other….’ a belated Happy New Year from me…

I appreciate I am a bit late with my new year greeting here on No wriggling out of writing. Having lost my blogging mojo a few months ago I have found new ideas for posts hard to come by, especially … Continue reading

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Reading Classic Christmas Crime – a review

For a number of reasons, this lead up to Christmas is quite stressful, and my own writing is not going so very well. My mother is poorly, my son moving into his first flat and December is racing away with … Continue reading

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On St Valentine’s Day – Love poems you wish you had written 2015 #4 – UA Fanthorpe

So we come to the ‘big day’ itself. The 14th of February, St Valentine’s Day and apparently the most romantic day of the year. Of course, for many it is nothing like that, by circumstance or choice.  There is something … Continue reading

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Number of British Soldiers experiencing mental ill health rising significantly: 100 years on, why can’t we get this right?

Writing Shell Shocked Britain: The First World War’s legacy for Britain’s mental health I quickly realised that although it was, on the face of it, a book about the aftermath of the First World War, it had a very modern … Continue reading

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Sitting under Walter de la Mare’s ‘Mistletoe’: Happy Christmas from an exhausted writer…

2014 has passed in a blur. As did 2013. Does writing a book shorten your life? Now there is a question. I have put on two stone and done little exercise, sitting as I have done in coffee shops, or … Continue reading

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Post-book blues? On losing the will to write…

Writer’s block is a condition that affects amateurs and people who aren’t serious about writing. So is the opposite, namely inspiration, which amateurs are also very fond of. Putting it another way: a professional writer is someone who writes just … Continue reading

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