Em muslin is the author of Before You Were Mine, she loves words that capture an experience or emotion in a singular form: her current favourite, describing herself, isnemophilist. Her writing focuses on the texture of domestic life, relationships, family and the pressures of social convention. Her characters are often fighting to become the hero of their own story, searching for hope, despite the adversities that life inevitably brings.
Meet Alice May, the author of Accidental Damage – Tales from the house that sat down! Her book is a winner of the Chill with a Book Readers’ Award and the PB Special Award and she’s got some fab reviews on Amazon. Alice is a working mother who lives with her husband in what used to be a ramshackle old cottage in the UK. She loves listening to the radio in the mornings and her kitchen is always full of cake – sounds like a nice combination to me!
This week we have WT Fallon on the Thursday Throng with her timely novel, Fail to the Chief. There is something vaguely disturbing when a novel published in October, mirrors some of the unusual occurrences in the recent US Presidential election, which itself felt rather like a game show at times – at least watching from here in the UK.
This week I’d like to welcome Paulette Harper to the Thursday Throng. Paulette is an author, marketing consultant, writing coach and professional speaker.
Sahar Abdulaziz is the author of four books. Her latest book, The Broken Half tells the story of Zahra, an American Muslim woman whose marriage is anything but peaceful. She must choose whether the stay or leave, neither choice is recommended and both are risky and uncertain.
I’d like to welcome Douglas Board to the Thursday Throng. After working as a civil servant and a headhunter, Douglas Board now runs his own career advice business and is a senior visiting fellow at Cass Business School. He has a doctorate in management and chairs the Refugee Council. He is also the author of the author of Choosing Leaders and Choosing to Lead: Science, Politics and Intuition in Executive Selection and (with Robert Warwick) The Social Development of Leadership and Knowledge: A Reflexive Inquiry into Research and Practice.
This week I’m sharing the space with Nigeria Lockley, author of Seasoned with Grace. Nigeria has two master’s degrees, one in English secondary education, and the second in creative writing. She is also Vice President of Bridges Family Services, a not-for-profit organization that assists student parents interested in pursuing a degree in higher education, a deaconess and clerk, and a native of New York.
On the morning of the day I started reading Litty’s novel I was captured by an article buried in The Guardian about the Armenian genocide during the 1st World War. Just a few hours later, I found myself in the midst of a novel that uses the very same events as it’s context. Perhaps there was some synchronicity involved as I had never given it a second thought. I’m not sure what comes next, perhaps another revelation of something we all ought to be more aware of.