Jude’s Blog

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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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A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words …

...which is why getting the cover right for a book is so important.  It is, after all, the very first ...
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Long Summer Days and Re-Reading …

There are simply too many books to read;  too many I have always meant to read and am ashamed that ...
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Winchester Writers’ Society Summer Book Fair

Is it 'a wonderful story of true love' as the poster suggests?  Not my choice of wording, but the phrase ...
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PUBLICATION NEWS!

My next novel, THE LEGACY OF MR JARVIS, is now with my publisher and has an official publication date of ...
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SO MANY BOOKS, TOO LITTLE TIME TO READ …

...except when I am at our house in Crete! And then, suddenly, the days seem to offer spare hours when ...
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The long route from ALPHA to OMEGA …

At the beginning of April, I spent five days attempting to learn Greek. Or rather, I spent a week trying ...
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LEARNING GREEK … or trying to

Of course, everyone says there's no need.  Why bother?  people say.  Surely everyone in Crete speaks English.  And yes, most ...
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ARNOLD BENNETT

I am currently re-reading Riceyman Steps by Arnold Bennett.  I first read this when I was a student studying  for an ...
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