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An unkind little story about dating and the elderly

Found in a folder of old notes pre-dating my novel Timed Out in which  a rather different version appears  briefly. “Afraid of dying alone? Don’t be. Find yourself a carer. Internet dating is the answer,” all over the country decrepit men are telling their decrepit friends. And all over the country, lonely women are egging […]

“Extinction isn’t all it is cracked up to be” (my one and only sci-fi story)

Ladies and Gentlemen, I hope you have enjoyed your tour of our renowned university city. And I do hope you have not had difficulty in understanding me. Yours is not a language we teach in our schools, but once we had found out that you still exist a few of us have endeavoured to learn […]

“Also Bought…” (Another Amazon Mystery)

My novel Timed Out is usually classified as ‘mature romance’ or ‘women’s literary fiction’. (I snobbishly  prefer ‘literary fiction’ though I know that doesn’t sell books.) It is about an older woman trying to turn her life around after she retires, doing Internet dating and also  pondering again the Big Questions. On its  book page Amazon.co.uk lists […]

Five brilliant novels but I couldn’t enjoy them

John Crace Being Dead. Begins with a gruesome murder and then traces the victims’ lives leading up to that moment, and describes in detail the putrefaction of the corpses. I was too squeamish for this, though John Crace as a writer of beautiful and evocative prose is second to none. Margaret Drabble The Dark Flood Rises. A […]

Publicising a Novel

Some of you may have noticed my attempts to garner publicity for my new novel Timed Out. What follows is a revised version of a little article  in The Oxford Writer. I must stress that I am no expert on the subject and I hated the whole business at first. But I am beginning to see […]

Link to a Radio Gorgeous Interview

If you would like to hear what I sound like and find out  a bit about me and my novel Timed Out there’s a Radio Gorgeous podcast of an interview with Donna Freed. I enjoyed it. Donna had obviously read the whole book and I think some of her questions were very interesting. Sorry the link has not […]

The Amazon Book Review: a few things I needed to know

Before you can post a review you need to have an Amazon account that has been used to buy something from them (not necessarily a book). You do not need to have bought the book you are reviewing from Amazon. How to do it: Go to product details page. Click on Customer Review. Rate.Write.Submit. You […]