Tag Archive: Story telling

Sep 30

The Marriage Lie

The Marriage Lie By Kimberly Belle Thought provoking, tantalising and gripping to the end, The Marriage Lie keeps the reader guessing right to the final eye-popping twist. Iris and Will have a perfect marriage and are very much in love. Before he leaves on a trip Will gives Iris an expensive gift, a love token …

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Sep 18

The Absence of Guilt

The Absence of Guilt By Mark Gimenez The Absence of Guilt is the third book that I have read by the author and I look forward to catching up on the rest. Mark Gimenez writes courtroom dramas and has been compared to John Grisham. The Absence of Guilt has a current, very relevant theme and …

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Aug 27

Dominion by C J Sansom

Book Review: Dominion by C J Sansom   Although I am a fan of C J Sansom I did not think that I would particularly enjoy this book when I saw the setting. I tackled it first of all because it was a Book Club read. But I was so wrong. It was a superb …

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Aug 22

Setting the story using people, places and events.

Setting the story using people, places and events. I have read of more than one publisher who says he would bin any submission that began ‘It was the 4th of December 1982, a cold wet day in New York….’ The assumption being, I suppose that if the writer could not think of an opening with …

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Aug 08

Photographs as a starting point for a story

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.’ Photographs as a starting point for a story ‘A picture is worth a thousand words?’   Look at a selection of photographs belonging to members. Ask each member to start with two that are not their own and jot down what they can tell, from the photograph: when, where who what why…? Discuss the …

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Jul 16

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks is a superbly written story that begins in France  before the start of The First World war and takes the main character through to 1918. Twenty-year old Stephen Wrayford  was sent to Amiens in 1910 to learn more about the textile industry, and lodged at the home …

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Jun 11

The Girl Before

The Girl Before By JP Delaney Then: Emma and Simon are desperate for a home they can afford but after a burglary and assault on Emma they want to live in a nicer area and need security. The quest to find what they want is doomed to fail it seems, until they pass the rigorous …

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Jun 06

Session on Facts and Truth in Writing

Session on Facts and Truth in Writing Ask members to read Facts and Truth in Stories on blog prior to the session and to come along armed with one or more facts that are generally believed but not actually true (QI’s General Ignorance!) eg. Drinking alcohol while taking antibiotics will stop them working. False alcohol …

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Mar 12

‘Facts’ and Truth in Stories

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‘Facts’ and Truth in Stories In stories which are set in real places and real times it is natural and usual to include some ‘facts’ to give authenticity, or clues if you do not want to be too specific. You might mention actual street names, a famous person associated with a place or historical event …

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Mar 05

Daughters of the Dragon

Daughters of the Dragon By William Andrews Growing up in America, Anna did not think much about being adopted or about her Korean birth mother, until her American mother died. She and her father join a group of other Korean born adoptees, on a journey to meet their birth mothers at the orphanage in Seoul …

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