The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories

“Bear in mind,” she told Cally, “that whatever you do choose as an occupation, in due course, will form the habits of a lifetime” from ‘License to Kill’ (p 96).


God On the Rocks

“But the weather had changed and darkened and home was nowhere to be seen. She turned her face out to the incoming sea and splashed on” (147).

A Man Called Ove: a novel

“It was five to six in the morning when Ove and the cat met for the first time. The cat instantly disliked Ove exceedingly. The feeling was very much reciprocated” (5).


The Black Tower or Murder of a Lady

These two writing styles are polar opposites…

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The Widow’s War: a novel

p. 46  “Lyddie looked up at the sky, moonless and star-pocked.  Oh, Edward, she thought, how could you possess such knowledge of my flesh and so little of my spirit?” How could I resist a cover design using a detail of a Winslow Homer painting, “Girl With Red Stocking”?  I did not. For a mere…


Miss Timmins School For Girls: a novel

p. 94 “No wonder I felt I was swimming underwater. Not only had the missionaries created a British boarding school in this corner of India, they had even managed to create the Victorian boarding school of their own childhoods.” This book was especially poignant to me as I teach in a private school, all-boys, rather…