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Yvonne Barlow I love books, love reading - who doesn't? I also love to hear what other people think of books - we may agree or disagree, however I love the exchange of ideas. Tell me your thoughts, read our books and tell me what you think.

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What do editors want from new writers?

Posted by Yvonne Barlow on Wednesday, February 2, 2022,

We see a lot of manuscripts and sometimes, just sometimes, the opening paragraphs draw you in and immerse in the story almost immediately. When this happens, it is nothing but joy – just as it was in the ancient days of storytelling when the art began with ‘Let me tell you a story,’ or ‘Once upon a time’.

I do not know any editor who would disagree that an easy entry into a story is critical. First and foremost, we are readers, and it is the writers’ job to draw us in. If you do ...


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Listen and learn

Posted by Yvonne Barlow on Monday, January 24, 2022,

I love audio books. However, I didn’t start out liking them. In the early days of listening to an 80,000+ plot, my mind would wander to other stories or events before eventually coming back to the novel and I would wonder what had happened while I’d been mentally absent.

However, a few years ago I found my eyes were often tired at the end of the work day, and I started listening to short Podcasts, then moved onto abridged novels on BBC Sounds. Lying on the sofa, eyes closed and listenin...


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Environmental novels

Posted by Yvonne Barlow on Tuesday, November 2, 2021,

Cop26 brings the environment into tight focus, making me think of novels I’ve read that have highlighted the fragile links between humans and the natural world.

The first novelist to spring to my mind is Barbara Kingsolver. Her Flight Behavior is an engaging tale of migratory butterflies displaced from Mexico. That might not sound like the best plot but under Kingsolver’s ecologist hands the story blends mankind’s awe at the spectacle of millions of butterflies turning up in rural Tenn...


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Fiction can add paint to history

Posted by Yvonne Barlow on Wednesday, October 27, 2021,

I’m reading Black and British by David Olusoga, a terrific read reaching back to Roman times when forces of Afro-Romans arrived in the third century and were stationed in Cumbria. Olusoga sweeps forward through the Blackamoors, during Elizabethan times, to Black Britains who fought at Trafalgar, through to the wars of the 20th century. He writes much about the Georgian fashion for having a young black pageboy, such children were often treated like pets among the wealthy, dressed up and fete...


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