Savvy Books – Not Yet Wall

Independent Scotland Would England really be better off without Scotland or, post Scottish independence, would a wall need to be built to stop the English from stepping over the border to Scotland? These are the questions that led to the the novel I am currently working on, with the aptly-named title ‘The Wall’. Little did I…

Savvy Book – The Girl With All The Gifts

I picked up ‘The Girl With All The Gifts’, thinking it must a biography of my childhood, amazed that, somewhat belatedly, I had achieved recognition – even if only as a work of fiction! But, alas, the reality turned out to be pretty grim. Far from achieving recognition, in M. R. Carey‘s story, I, along with…

Savvy Book – Giving a F**k

    Just tackled Mark Manson’s book: ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck’. The key to happiness is, it seems, to be savvy enough to accept one’s own mortality! Personally, being silly as well as savvy, I’m having none of Mark’s other side. If he wants to step on over there, and plunge…

Savvy Book – Pure

Sure, Julianna Baggot’s ‘Pure’ may well be a post-apocalyptic novel centering around the adventures of four knife-wielding teenagers but, to me, as a very-much-in-the-present-middle-aged-and-stressed-out mother, there is much I can relate to. Imagine this scene: You have lost your grip over your teenage sprogs, who have abandoned ship. You were rather hoping that, once settled,…