Love & Dragons

 Shakespeare did it with a wherefore; Dion and the Belmonts said it with oohs and waahs: “Each night I ask the stars up above, why must I be a teenager in love?” It’s an age-old truth that, when you’re growing up, love sucks, love bites, and love stinks. Especially if you’re in love with a […]

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A Rare Welsh Bit

I knew I would like Ken Follett even before I met him—not just because he’s one of the few Authors you can spell with a capital letter (he’s sold in the region of 130-million books worldwide) or because I’ve actually read and enjoyed his work, but because his success is something he’s clearly worked for. […]

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What I Write About…

I’ve been a journalist for over 15 years. I started off as an editorial assistant at Marie Claire – which meant I made a lot of coffee, did banking, grocery shopping… pretty much everything except writing. At some point my editors allowed me to start putting together movie reviews and the odd health story. I […]

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Strike the Right Nose

The fragile myth of perfume lured Tammy Frazer away from a career as at banker. This is a story of a girl who followed her nose and discovered her calling. Or, perhaps, who followed her calling and discovered her nose. Originally from Durban, Tammy Frazer moved to London for three years after school, then spent […]

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A story woven into a bedspread

Quilting, in some form or another, has been practised for thousands of years, but the most popular designs remain those from the Americas in the 19th century. As bright-coloured cloths became more commonly available, pioneering women sewed samples and offcuts into elaborate patterns that carried the legends of the journeys they hoped for or endured: […]

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Sowing the Seeds

 I made a surprise discovery in the children’s section of my local book store the other day: in-between the legion of angel, demon and vampire novels (there may have been some horsey ones too) was a big fat spine that simply read STEAMPUNK! I suppose I should explain what “steampunk” is – this is a […]

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