Communicating the unspeakable: why I wrote about a women’s refuge in How to Play Dead

It’s not what you think. I have experienced domestic abuse, but it isn’t my story that I decided to write about in my novel How to Play Dead. It’s about services Superwomen.

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Subtext: what lies beneath

Subtext is implicit. Subtext is a gradual understanding of meaning behind the text that develops as the story unfolds. Subtext can be something we turn to when we have nothing else.

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Divided we are not

Oldham gets a lot of bad press, including misrepresentation from Nigel Farage this week claiming that many areas in Oldham are ‘no-go areas’. It just so happens that the venue for my author event was smack bang in the centre of one of these areas. Alexandra Park, a beautiful Victorian space in the heart of Oldham, is often pitched by racists as somewhere race war battles are in full force every day of the week.

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Random Acts of Unkindness now available on audiobook

… as with other readers here have found I was up into the early hours to finish it in one sitting and it was well worth it.

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