It’s Just for One Summer

When you go on holiday, most often it’s just for one summer. Will that be the case for the family in David Baldacci’s novel One Summer? A Book Review From Crime to Tragi-Romance David Baldacci is best known for his thrillers and crime fiction novels. When I was looking for a light read, it therefore []

Writing and Editing Internships

Writing and editing internships inhabit the blurred line between education and employment, allowing students to gain experience in the workplace while still studying. Writing and Editing Internships and Industry Experience I am Brienna Cottam, and this semester as part of my bachelor’s requirements I have undertaken an external industry placement, otherwise known as an internship, []


Nine Ideas For What to Write When You’re Out of Ideas Every week now, I take one day off for business development, to work on my business as the marketing experts say, rather than in the business. Over the past few months, this day has mostly been taken up with writing for my website: blog []

Roman History … that’s Actually not Boring

The Reach of Rome, By Alberto Angela A Book Review If you’ve been following my blogs, you’ll know I’m a history buff. This blog, ‘Roman History … that’s Actually not Boring’, was inspired by Alberto Angela’s book The Reach of Rome. You’re not fascinated by history? That’s okay. Before you relegate this blog to the []

What Can A Book Editor Do For Me?

Throughout the extensive process of writing, some writers may question the need for an editor. They may wonder if they can edit their manuscript themselves and ask, ‘What can a book editor do for me?’ While it’s certainly prudent to redraft a manuscript several times and self-edit before considering the next step, it’s worthwhile pointing []

The Orphan Sky

A Book Review The Orphan Sky, by Ella Leya Leila Badalbeili is a fifteen-year-old classical pianist, a child prodigy and the darling of Soviet society in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, in 1979. Azerbaijan Azerbaijan, a country bounded by the Caspian Sea and the Caucasus Mountains, is at this time in the grip of Soviet []


WRITERS CONNECT! Welcome to the very first newsletter for The Lonely Writer. Writing is a lonely job. Or pastime. The Lonely Writer aims to connect with you, the lonely writer among other lonely writers, in this monthly newsletter. We understand you’re busy. So the newsletter generally has just four or five main items of content. []

‘A Penny for Your Thoughts’ and Other Idioms

Have you ever wondered about the meaning of ‘A penny for your thoughts’ and other idioms that populate the English language? Do You Know What You’re Saying? Idioms Explained Wait. What’s an idiom? Idioms are expressions peculiar to a specific language with meanings that are different from their literal interpretations. The word ‘idiom’ was coined []

Time to Say Goodbye to Spain

Almost four weeks after completing the two-week writers’ retreat in southern Spain in June, it was time to say goodbye to Spain, adios España. I rather hoped it would be hasta luego, España – until we meet again – than goodbye. Spain Series V: León  Meantime, I’d spent my last 10 days in León at my friend’s []

A Visit to the Hanging Houses of Cuenca

After spending the week in Madrid working, which came after the writers’ retreat in southern Spain in the first two weeks of June this year, I met up with an old friend I hadn’t seen in 15 years. We’d decided to meet up in Madrid and then travel by bus to make a visit to []

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