Browsing Archive: September, 2015

Extract of The China Bird by Bryony Doran

Posted by Yvonne Barlow on Tuesday, September 22, 2015,
Edward watches the crows circling the fine black lines of leafless trees etched against the pewter sky. He hears the first thud of earth on wood and stares down at the coffin. The brass nameplate is already tarnished by the wet soil. He shivers, wishing he hadn’t come. On the journey over he’d asked his mother how they were related to the dead woman. The train was pulling away from Huddersfield station. He’d waited for an answer, watching the station clock grow smaller and smaller.
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An extract from The Secret Mother by Victoria Delderfield

Posted by Yvonne Barlow on Monday, September 21, 2015,

Blood

 

He hangs it by the ankles, its blue hands splayed, the small kidney-shape of its body crowned with my blood. I open my arms, but the yīshēng shakes his head.

“Look away, you hear? Look away.” He plunges my baby head first into a waiting bucket of water.

Pain roars in my haunches. I push hard, my womb emptying like a blanket thrown into the air. Between my legs…so much blood.

“Stop pushing, another one’s coming,” he bawls and discards the limp newborn beside the buck...


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It's not just about the book

Posted by Yvonne Barlow on Wednesday, September 16, 2015,
Hookline has become my life. My children have left home. My husband is a workaholic, and Hookline Books has become my third child. It absorbs all my attention, which means I can bore my friends to a stupor.
However, when it comes to blogging, I can think of nothing to write. It's a strange phenomenon - I have terrific ideas, but when it comes to putting fingertips to keyboard, it all disappears into a dull fog - 'dull' being the key word.
So, from now on, you won't be only hearing about books a...
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Mothers, Lovers and second novels

Posted by Yvonne Barlow on Monday, September 7, 2015,
We've written before about the pressure writers feel about that second novel. 
Seven Days to Tell You by Ruby Soames was one of Hookline's most successful novels - frequently in the top 100 Kindle sales, runner up in the People's Book Prize. Ruby's second novel is more humorous, less intense, but retains that personal touch. For this week only it is selling at 99p on Amazon.
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Ever wonder what it's like to date an actor who hits the big time? Intrigue, jealousy, resentment – a...


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