Month: January 2012

My 18 Favourite Last Lines From Books I’ve Loved

Are there any questions? ~Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale (1986) You will have to learn everything all over again. ~Jay McInerney, Bright Lights, Big City (1984) The old man was dreaming about the lions. ~Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea (1952) No matter where I went, my compass pointed…

23 Famous Authors’ Homes

A.A. Milne Greenway - the holiday home of Agatha Christie Beatrix Potter's House The Bronte Sisters Danielle Steele lives in The Spreckels Mansion in Pacific Heights Edith Wharton’s estate, The Mount, Lenox, Massachusetts Ernest Hemingway Eudora Welty’s estate, Jackson, Mississippi Evelyn Waugh’s country house, Piers…

Winning Words – Romance Writing Short Story Winners

More good news for Writers Write! Another Writers Write graduate has won the The Essentials romance writing competition. Suzanne Jefferies, who completed Writers Write, and Writers Write 2,  was the winner for her entry ‘The Hunt’. Graduates, Shelagh Foster and Mia Botha, were previous winners of the competition.…

Book Review – Enchantment

by Guy Kawasaki (Portfolio Penguin)  ISBN: 978-0-241-95364-8 This is Kawasaki’s tenth book. Enchantment is about the intangibles in business as opposed to the tried, tested, formulas about making money. Kawasaki realises that the consumer in a technological world knows more and compares more. Business is…

Semicolons And Colons Explained

; A semicolon: Is a long pause that balances two related ideas. Example: She went by train; she would rather have flown. Adjoins two main clauses containing opposite ideas. Example: She is efficient; he is disorganised. Adjoins two main clauses where there is no conjunction.…

You can cancel your cell phone contract

How do you cancel your contract? Perhaps you don’t need your contract anymore? Perhaps you simply can’t afford it? The good news is that you can cancel the contract. 1. Did you know The Consumer Protection Act (CPA) allows you to cancel your cell phone contract? 2. Did you…

Writing the Deep South

by Ariel Dorfman (Picador) ISBN: 9781770101517   Writing the Deep South is a collection of reflections on South Africa, how not to forget, how to reconcile. In 2010, the Chilean-American Dorfman presented The Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture. This speech forms the first part of the…

Madiba Mindset

Your own Freedom Charter by Tyrrel Fairhead (Jacana) ISBN 978-1-4324-0248-9   Start by sitting quietly...become aware of your breathing...calm down...think about people who have influenced your life...consider the Madiba Mindset.  Can you remember certain occasions where you have felt successful after applying a certain principle?   …

11.23.63

by Stephen King (Hodder & Stoughton) ISBN: 978-1-444-72730-2 Stephen King is the master storyteller of horrors. His stories are so frightening that I have not read anything by this famous author for a long time. 11.22.63 is a horror story but not of the supernatural…

Death Comes to Pemberley

by PD James (Faber & Faber) 9780571283583   PD James has done a remarkable job of reconstructing Jane Austen’s greatest literary triumph. It was easy, at first, to be lulled back into the world of Elizabeth and Darcy. Everything was so familiar.   Six years…
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