Book Reviews, General Ramblings

Amanda Lohrey’s ‘The Labyrinth’ and making things by hand

All the animals at Berlin's Anoha museum are handmade from recycled objects by various Berlin artists The cure for many ills, noted Jung, is to build something, and this is the epigraph and theme of Amanda Lohrey’s atmospheric novel, The Labyrinth (Text). It’s my second read by a Tassie author this month and further proof… Continue reading Amanda Lohrey’s ‘The Labyrinth’ and making things by hand

Book News

Why the Barbican makes a compelling setting for a novel

Image of the Barbican by Max Whitehead When I started writing my psychological suspense novel, The Night Village, about a new mother and her strange houseguest, I pictured the story unfolding in my old flat in Hackney. And then, in the same way a dream will suddenly shift location, my characters were all somehow living… Continue reading Why the Barbican makes a compelling setting for a novel

Writing tricks

Writing workshop: using place names in your writing

When writing prose, it's easy to get stuck on the mechanics of the story – who is speaking? Was the baby asleep in the last scene? Could it really be dusk already? .... and the writing itself can sometimes feel secondary, just a means of getting your characters from A to B. So turning up… Continue reading Writing workshop: using place names in your writing