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About Laurie

I began planning my escape almost before I could read…

I was a demob baby, conceived when my Dad came home from WW2, and I grew up in Leicester, England’s geographical equivalent of North Platte, Nebraska. I’ve spent the rest of my life trying to get closer to the sea and I’ve finally made it, to lovely Dalkey on Dublin Bay.

About the Book

Lizzie Partridge, heroine of Perfect Meringues, returns to the fray. She’s survived single parenthood and the moonscape of mid-life dating. She’s weathered career flop and the relentlessly passing years. So now what?

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One Man’s Mission

One Man’s Mission

I've had apostrophes on my mind. It started with the sight of my new grandson curled up in his onesie like a perfect little apostrophe. Soon after that I read about the word's etymology  -  funny how you can use a word all your life and never wonder where it...
Reading for Bigger Biceps

Reading for Bigger Biceps

Reading-wise, I have three books on the go at the moment and the one with which I'm making the slowest progress is Yuri Slezkine's The House of Government. Not because it isn't a gripping read, but because it's too damned heavy to read in bed or on the train -  980 pages...
On Blessings

On Blessings

The English language is a rich and wonderful thing. Those of us who have it as our mother tongue hardly know how lucky we are. The Italians, for instance, have to use the same word for a niece, a nephew or a grandchild. I mean, really? There's just one area...
Working Speed

Working Speed

In athletic terms a novelist needs to be a marathon runner. I have known novelists who could produce a first draft in less than two months but they've tended to be men enjoying 5 star domestic support. No school or supermarket run for them. No plumber to hang around for....

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