April 2017 archive

The Problem of Difference

I had a friend who felt compelled to normalise everything. Eg someone said to her that her family life was full of conflict. My friend said, ‘Everybody’s family life is like that.’ Whenever someone tried to tell her about some personal difficulty they were having, she said everybody experiences problems like that. My friend’s job […] Read more…

Everyone is Watching by Megan Bradbury

One of the reasons I love literary fiction is that it makes me think about what I want from fiction and what fiction is capable of doing. Everyone is Watching”” is a novel about New York City as seen through the eyes of people who helped to shape it, people like Robert Mapplethorpe, the photographer […] Read more…

The life of the emotions

As a young woman, struggling to make sense of the life of the emotions, my own and other people’s, I was disconcerted to discover that love is not benign and simple, most definitely not straightforward. In me, it dwelt with other emotions, like hatred, anger, sorrow and grief, feelings of being trapped, longing for liberty, […] Read more…

The Absent Muse

I woke in the middle of the night and thought with deepening unhappiness about the absence of my muse. I’ve got three novels circling in my head, all ready to write – well, two are, not sure about THE DISAPPEARING WOMEN – but when I try, they vanish. Some writers think the way forward in […] Read more…

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