Jude’s Blog

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MAKING THEM REAL …

Characters - the essential ingredients in any novelist's store cupboard. In fact, for novels that are character rather than plot ...
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A CELEBRATION OF LIBRARIES

This week, as most book lovers and avid readers will know, is LIBRARIES WEEK, and a chance to celebrate our ...
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MOTHERS AND SONS in LITERATURE

A child needs your love when he deserves it least - Lionel Shriver's line from We Need to Talk about ...
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WHAT’S IN A NAME …?

Quite a lot, it seems. In a name, that is. Juliet might have thought, in the throes of youthful passionate ...
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The Potency of Cheap Music …

In Crete, despite the face masks and near deserted streets and beaches, it was possible to shut out a certain ...
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WAKING TO CICADA SOUNDS

It's very early dawn, barely the first sign of light, when the noises start - Cock-A-Doodle-Doos from a few roosters ...
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Another Audio Blog – Enjoy!

Going to Chesham to record Chiltern Voice with Antonia Honeywell brought back many memories – because Chesham was where I ...
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An Audio Blog – Enjoy!

Last November, in that curious prelapsarian world where face masks had connotations of criminality and the failure to shake hands ...
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Those Excellent Women Writers …

It was at the wonderful bookshop in London's  Lambs' Conduit Street - PERSEPHONE BOOKS - where I found Noel Streatfeild's  ...
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SUMMER FICTION

I am obsessed with weather. Both in reality and in fiction - and, in truth, in my writing. I think ...
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FATHERS IN LITERATURE

On Fathers' day considering  how fathers are represented in some of our most well-known classic novels is  irresistible. And the ...
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And Now for the Non-Fiction …

This really is cheating the Desert Island Discs system. Not only have I swapped music for books, now I am ...
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A Book Lovers’ Lockdown Desert Island …

You know how it goes: which 8 gramophone (they don't actually still use that wonderfully archaic word, I don't think, but ...
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Who Reads Who …and what?

One of my favourite writers is Anne Tyler. She is someone who seems to make writing look effortless and easy ...
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A WOMAN’S PLACE …

As every upstanding, respectable and notably patriarchal male of Victorian times knew, the popular image of the angel in the ...
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The Pleasures of Reading …

It has to say something about a nation's priorities - observing what is first released out of lockdown. And I ...
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