BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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MY BOOKS by an author who met his hero and wrote a book about it, and believes that the DNB is never, ever wrong

Born in England in 1964, James Christie graduated from college with a degree in creative writing as well as College Colours “in recognition of outstanding service to the student body … Continue reading

October 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

MY BOOKS by an Australian teacher who believes The Hulk is one of the classic tragic characters of modern literature

Glen Donaldson is a Year 3 Australian school teacher who lists his three favourite words as (1) bugbear (2) Pollyanna and (3) shenanigator. Glen owns two Dobsonian telescopes – one … Continue reading

October 3, 2018 · 1 Comment

MY BOOKS by the co-founder of an indy press, celebrating the launch of his company’s second novel

My name is Sean Campbell and I am the co-founder and editor at époque press. We established a new independent publishing house in order to support authors in getting the … Continue reading

September 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

MY BOOKS by a poet who was once a puppeteer, artist and teacher and her one unfulfilled Parisian ambition

I am a poet now but have been a puppeteer, journalist,  artist,  teacher, tutor, mother, carer and therapist. I am a keen gardener and have a tiny allotment. I stared … Continue reading

September 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

MY BOOKS by an author who would love to see his own novels burnt and never ever re-reads…First lines, first books, first literary loves….and more

I have been writing crime as PD Viner (www.pdviner.com) and have two novels; The Last Winter of Dani Lancing (see Bridget’s review at the bottom of this post) and Summer … Continue reading

September 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

MY BOOKS by a writer who was read bedtime stories about the Napoleonic Wars and who would only save a book from burning if convinced it was truly the last copy. First lines, first books, first literary loves….and more

Lizzie/Elizabeth Enfield  is a writer and journalist, copious tea drinker and endless worrier. Her latest novel Ivy and Abe is a love story told over a lifetime and a series … Continue reading

September 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

MY BOOKS by a novelist who was once obsessed by the Famous Five and recently enjoyed a cuckoo book (she has no idea how it found a home on her shelves) First lines, first books, first literary loves….and more

By novelist SANDRA DANBY, author of Connectedness… Justine’s art sells around the world, but does anyone truly know her? When her mother dies, she returns to her childhood home in … Continue reading

August 29, 2018 · 2 Comments

MY BOOKS by an award-winning film-maker: from fantasy and dodos to out-of-fashion spy novels First lines, first books, first literary loves….and more

BY EDWARD MILNER, an award-winning documentary film-maker and author of Trees of Britain and Ireland published by the Natural History Museum. Edward has just completed his first novel which he … Continue reading

August 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

MY BOOKS from WWI to the Year 2081 by a TV writer who “so wanted The Borrowers to be true” First lines, first books, first literary loves….and more

BY DOM SHAW, screenwriter, director, producer and novelist. I always wanted to be able to say Groucho’s line. ‘I can sing, dance, play the piano and in an emergency, move … Continue reading

August 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

MY BOOKS from Lord of the Rings to an re-interpretation of Greek mythology First lines, first books, first literary loves….and more

A selection from Joe Jacobs, child psychotherapist What’s the first book you remember reading (or being read to you)? Kemlo and the Craters of the Moon by E.C. Eliott published … Continue reading

August 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

MY BOOKS and other favourite things from The Terrible Tudors to the extraordinary Pablo Picasso by Aylah, aged 7

What book are you reading right now? Horrible science And the one you read before that? Jacqueline Wilson’s Katy First line: I’m Katy Carr. I’m the eldest. What book would … Continue reading

August 1, 2018 · 7 Comments

MY BOOKS from time slip children’s fiction to a million copy bestseller about brotherly love…First lines, first books, first literary loves….

BY Nikki Sheehan, YA author What’s the first book that a made a big impact on you? Tom’s Midnight Garden. The timeslip idea blew my mind! What book are you … Continue reading

July 25, 2018 · 3 Comments

MY BOOKS and how I was saved by my sister and Dostoevsky…First lines, first books, first literary loves….and more

BY Julie Drake – I am  retired and enjoying the many new (and old) things I now have time to do – particularly reading in bed in the morning! What’s … Continue reading

July 18, 2018 · 3 Comments

MY BOOKS from Ladybird Fairy Tales to Plants for the Future…First lines, first books, first literary loves….and more

BY Venetia Carter. I’ve written and self-published a book* and am now wondering if that is the one book that everyone has inside them or whether there’s anything else in … Continue reading

July 11, 2018 · Leave a comment