‘The Seas’ by Samantha Hunt

Haunting prose, well sculpted book. From the outset, this has a very distinct voice. The prose is flooded with (har har) metaphors for the sea and water, the style is quite childlike and innocent, and it is clear from the outset that the reader is seeing the world through a very distinct and warped lens. […]

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Does Margaret Atwood Get Depressed?

I really don’t know why Margaret Atwood never appeared on my reading radar for so many years. I only ended up reading The Handmaid’s Tale because I had to teach it for A Level. I’ve just finished reading Oryx and Crake. Another fantastic example of scorchingly observational science fiction in this stark tale of post-apocalyptic USA. […]

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A Tricky Business

I have about two minutes to avert disaster. From her little piping voice to a spreading stain and another bout of hand washing clothes and disinfecting the sofa/car/my neighbour’s dog is about two hundred seconds. Although I will go through this another two times with my later children, at the moment, it’s my first attempt […]

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Short Story – Windy Day

In part inspired by the blustery horrible weather we’ve been having! Clouds hang in the murky air like soiled sheets on a line. The slow thrum of traffic reverberates around his skull. He raises his head; sight is blurred by the sleet arcing its way horizontally over the hard ground. A pause to wipe the […]

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Spanish Adventures Part II

Relenting to her urges, influenced by the first sisterly visit in two years, she returned to the fridge. Ice cracked into the bottom of the glass, followed by a slice of lemon and a fizzy gush of casero. A steady glug of red wine followed, perhaps a little strong for the time of day. The […]

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Spanish Adventures

This is the start of a story I wrote while in Spain in the summer. Please enjoy, comments and feedback most welcome! The hot blustery air held a hint of promise. Strolling along the parched street, trying to avoid the halting step of thronging tourists, she felt a twinge of hope. The promise of unlimited […]

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Character Study

The bulk of my writing tends to be little snapshots of characters, situations and people I see. Here is a study on two friends: Two women enter the leisure centre, both silvery capped with beautifully manicured yet papery hands. Under high-tech stretchy sportswear, the lines of their figures have softened, producing a generic rounding of […]

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Being a grown up

Although in many ways the average adult rarely feels the assured feeling that is supposed to come with a certain number of years in existence, there are some things we have definitely lost: Her beautiful innocent face contorted with grief, singularly distraught by this seemingly minute event. The brightly coloured jewel in her hand becomes […]

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Sunny Thoughts

A few observations and descriptions of the world around me on an idle sunny day. Thought this would be a good one to reminisce on the summer with! Eyes dazzled, making figures in the shade murky and indistinct. A brief flurry of goosebumps rise as the cool air washes away the insistent heat. The thrum […]

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