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Dear Writer … revisited

Just as I was deciding I would find the time to get more seriously back into my adored fiction writing, along came the perfect catalyst: an email from a publisher asking me to review Carmel Bird’s Dear Writer: Revisited. I replied immediately with a big YES PLEASE because I have an old copy of the first edition of Dear Writer on my shelf and it easily rates as one of my all-time favourite books about writing. I jumped at the chance to review the new edition, revised a little and reissued as an ebook.
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Amanda’s 2012 reading list

Fiction writing is happening, slowly but surely. More news to come. By the end of 2012 when I add my final book to this reading list, fiction will have been written. I promise. In the meantime, here’s my 2012 reading list so I can keep track of the wonderful works of literature (and the not so wonderful, as the case may be) that I get through this year.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt. Long, but so worthwhile. Not new. Someone recommended it on Facebook, but as usual I’ve forgotten who. Fantastic narrative about a group of university friends and their rather important secret. Beautifully written, I can’t imagine how someone writes a novel so long but still makes it seem like she has carefully considered every single word. Continue Reading

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What Amanda read in 2011

So, it’s the beginning of 2011, my fiction writing efforts have taken a big dive, and this blog has been terribly neglected – but I will get back on the horse! I’m writing a lot more at the moment (more on that to come but look at 750words.com if you need help too) and have, of course, been reading all this time. I thought the first thing to do is gather all the virtual scraps of paper where I’ve listed my 2011 reading fun and make a definitive list – I’d hate to lose the record of all these great books I’ve read and enjoyed. You’ll have seen the first twenty-odd books listed here before but I thought I’d put them all together for you … so with no further ado …

Twenty-Somewhere by Kristan Hoffman – yes, my writing friend whose blog I closely follow – someone who I know I’m going to be able to say “I knew her before she was famous”. Twenty-Somewhere was also my first ever e-book, read on my new iPad. Oh – before I forget – it’s an episodic, chick-littish read, following three college friends as their lives take different paths in their twenties – lots of fun. Continue Reading