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Madonna at 60

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I’m pausing my very serious book posts to reveal an amazing fact about myself: I am Madonna. Many of you who know me through my day job or through writing will probably think that I am the furthest from Madonna that you could imagine – serious, studious and sober. But ask the people who have […]

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September challenge: 30 days Facebook-free

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As life becomes much busier after the summer holidays, I’ve found myself in a semi-hypnotic state, alternating between Facebook and Candy Crush. Over the summer, with the assistance of a new laptop supposedly bought specifically for writing, I have become more and more interested in the ‘status’ and ‘level’ of other people. It was only […]

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Picture the scene: last Monday, on a UK bank holiday, I visited Beeston castle, the ruins of an ancient castle fort in Cheshire. The ruins are visible for miles as the castle is set on top of a hill, and the scenery is breathtaking. When we got there we found that we had to pay […]