Author Archives: sarahsouthwest

About sarahsouthwest

I'm now in my early 50s. I started writing again as a way of exploring the world, and feel that over the last 2 years I have really grown as a writer. By day I work with children and young people with mental health difficulties. I juggle my own two children, my work, my writing practice, generally managing to keep all the balls up in the air.

The French Girl – Lexie Elliot

I really enjoyed this. It starts from a situation we all recognise – not necessarily that holiday, but the blurred boundaries of friendship and sex/romance that happen in young friendship groups. It plays out through entirely believable character development. It’s … Continue reading

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Book Review – The Wisdom of Sally Redshoes – Ruth Hogan

I wanted to love this book more than I did. It has so much going for it – an intriguing plot, a great character list, the whole swimming thing… However, it was just too short. None of the characters got … Continue reading

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The Hourglass – Liz Heron – review

  I liked this. For a start: Venice. Beautifully captured. What else? This is a very feminine take on the immortality problem. Even though it’s about a woman who has lived for 300 years, it’s not all as great as … Continue reading

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Embracing insomnia

That’s it. I’ve decided to stop worrying about my sleep. It’s not like it does any good. I’m not going to read any more books or articles about how lack of sleep is killing us. I’m not going to stress … Continue reading

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Our Kind of Cruelty – Araminta Hall

I have just gulped this book down. It’s excellently done. I am a mental health professional, and sometimes I don’t quite buy the psychology of characters in books, but I absolutely believed in Mike, his experiences, and his responses to … Continue reading

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Dear Mrs Bird – A J Pearce

This is set in WW2, and is about a young woman who wants to be a Lady War Correspondent, but ends up working on a women’s magazine under the most unsympathetic agony aunt ever. The voice is fantastic. I am … Continue reading

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The strings are the important bit

My son explained that he liked chatting to his internet friends (in Norway! in Hawaii! in Cheshire!) because it’s socialising “with no strings attached”. Foolish boy. He’s internet savvy. He’s cynical about what people say about themselves. He’s had internet … Continue reading

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