Author Archives: Hannah

About Hannah

Author, sometime midwife, timid mountaineer, fair weather gardener, off-road runner. Refining first novel (a Great War romantic thriller of suffragettes and soldiers) and writing the next. Passions include Africa, modern history, geopolitics, coffee, roses. And romance.

Less is more

My original aim was to write a feminist social history of early 20th century England focusing on the contribution of militant suffragists with additional modules on rural deprivation, mental illness, and temperate climate horticultural. Continue reading

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Why Journey’s End didn’t make me cry

The one thing I think I feared was that Journey’s End would be given the Blackadder treatment. Continue reading

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Farewell Facebook

How do I quiet the anxious worm that distracts me from the discipline of writing? Continue reading

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Running out of Life

I am already well over twenty years past the average age at which most writers are first published. Continue reading

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Aristotle, Cinderella, and the Three Act Structure

The Three Act Structure is one of those writery rules we should know – even if we’re going to be terrible brave and alternative and break it. Continue reading

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Three books (soldier’s diaries of the Great War)

Captain Charlie May is one of the kindest, funniest, most thoroughly decent men I have ever met, on or off the page. Continue reading

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In praise of … Focus

Focus costs less than the proverbial cup of coffee and does nothing much more than count down 25 minutes to a background of ticking clocks or café babble – but it’s brilliant. Continue reading

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In praise of … iThoughts

iThoughts: intuitive, adaptable – and the pleasing graphics,  colours and gentle sound effects give a nice little dopamine hit 😉 Continue reading

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A garden by the sea

I visited Chygurno in May 2015. It’s a privately-owned garden – no tea shop, no toilets – just an honesty box in the porch and a homemade information board. I paid my money, read the history and wandered alone along … Continue reading

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Raising the stakes

I’ve become a teeny-weeny bit wary of writing exercises because they can so easily become yet another excuse not to actually write. But there are exceptions! Continue reading

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