Jude’s Blog

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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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It’s the word that’s the problem …

Admittedly, as a writer, I tend to be a bit fussy about words. Some people might even call me obsessive ...
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Birthdays in Lockdown …

Birthdays in lockdown - the latest of curious experiences in these most curious of times. And not my own. If ...
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The Revelations of This Curious Time …

My microwave needs cleaning. My writing files are chaotic. My desk drawers are a mess. My enormous under stairs cupboard ...
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EVERY DAY’S A SUNDAY

When I was growing up, my least favourite days of the week were Wednesdays and Sundays. Most people of a ...
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When I was a child …

Everyone knows those cliché phrases: live everyday like there is no tomorrow / live in the moment / live today ...
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And So it Goes on –

Here we are in week whatever - I have genuinely lost count as it feels as if it's at least ...
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These Strange, Bewildering Days …

Can it only be just over a week ago that I sat in a café and considered it a completely ...
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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY …

On International Women's Day, I can't resist the chance to mention just a few of my favourite female writers. I ...
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THE WONDER OF BUSES!

As a child, buses were an everyday feature of my life. At the age of 8 or 9, I went ...
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BOOK FAIRS

Book fairs are the most unpredictable events imaginable. In advance, the idea of spending a day in the company of ...
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‘Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont’ – and other overlooked riches …

I have just finished reading 'Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont' by Elizabeth Taylor - and cannot imagine how I have ...
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The Importance of Place

My new novel, THE LEGACY OF MR JARVIS, has more than one setting, but the most important, crucial place that ...
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78 DERNGATE

Sometimes, carrying out research for a novel seems the best part of writing! My third novel which is set in ...
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TALKING ABOUT NOVELS …

The other day, I was talking to someone about a recent discussion that had taken place at her book group.  ...
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