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    This deft and moving debut offers more than Seventies nostalgia

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    i-newspaper

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    Remarkably assured…shrewdly observed…pitch-perfect

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    The Independent

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    A new novelist whose next book you are already impatient to read

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    The Guardian

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    Boldly plotted and confidently executed, its momentum maintained to the end

     

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    Daily Mail

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    The genius of this novel is the gentle way that the mysteries of the narrative unfold, fully immersing you in the story… it has a heart and soul

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    We Love This Book

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    Nostalgic and moving

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    Woman and Home

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    The suspense simply builds and builds

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    Essentials

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    Jubilee is an assured debut by a writer of great promise. It’s a sharply-written account of the birth pangs of multicultural Britain

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    Marcel Theroux

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    So compelling that I couldn’t put it down. This is an exceptional, arresting novel

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    Clare Morrall

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False beards and wicked women: what writers really need #3 15th, April 2014

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What do writers really need? A mentor, that’s what. They need a seasoned professional to offer the voice of experience, whether it’s in matters technical (‘that structure may not carry the story; have you thought about this one?’) or personal (‘Yes, you can do it. Yes, you can. Here’s a bit of cake. Now go away and write’). I was going to say that new writers need mentors and of course they do, but we all do, really. Sometimes we’re lucky enough to find them […]

What writers really need #2 9th, April 2014

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Since my blog post on what it is that writers really need, I’ve been thinking about the things which reliably support my own work. I thought I might blog about them from time to time in the hope that, if you’re a writer too, they might support yours. I’m starting with the idea of a retreat. There will be times when you need to be in a place where your sole mission is to write, away from (delete as applicable) work emails / the cat […]

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