Here’s a link to my piece in The Sunday Age. Hope you’ll enjoy it.
I’m a big fan of Sarah Waters – and now I’m an even bigger fan. These tips are great for anyone starting out and for reviving the rest of us when we get lost or jaded.
My favourite novel is The Night Watch, and then The Little Stranger. What I admire most in Sarah Waters work is the discipline which means that there are no redundant words or phrases and she keeps me riveted right to the end.
Here’s the link I should have included in my earlier post:
BACK TO LIFE AND BACK TO BOOKS
I’m actually embarrassed by my failure to post anything in recent weeks. I’ve been sick – some time in hospital and much more time recovering at home. I’m still convalescing and improving but rather more slowly than I’d hoped, but fortunately my brain now seems to be working again which is great relief. I’m spending a lot of time reading and in the last six weeks have found some I loved, and others that I abandoned for a whole variety of reasons. I write soon about the ones I loved, but I thought this survey by Good Reads produced some interesting results. It’s about the reasons why readers give up on a book and the point at which they do it. I often give up quite early in a book and it may not be because I think it’s a bad book, just that it doesn’t appeal to me – it could be great topic but I don’t like the way it’s written, or perhaps beautifully written but not really ‘speaking’ to me. I’m a firm believer in giving up if you’re not enjoying it or finding it interesting, and I do know that people give up on my books and I’m okay with that.
When do you give up and for what reason? Have a look at this link below and see what other people think.
We know it’s true but this article pins down some interesting facts and figures about the under valuing and under utilisation of women of 45+ in the workplace. And what’s so often forgotten and hidden is the amount of unpaid voluntary work undertaken in the community by women in this age group. Without that the country would grind to a halt.
This is an interesting piece from the London Review of Books about the way that women’s books are marketed.