Difficult subjects

September 23, 2010
Closer deals with a difficult subject - sexual abuse. And sometimes publishers shy away from difficult subjects in fiction for young adults. I so much appreciate Ross Bradshaw for his commitment to getting Closer out there. I know it might be difficult to read. It was difficult to write about such a painful topic. But I think stories tell us the truth too, and give us a chance to think through what we feel, question, take it further, take it deeper, understand and maybe heal. I hope that's true of this book.

Ross sent me this link, about 'Speak', a novel about rape I hadn't come across. I'm going to read the book, but here's Janet Reid on difficult subjects  - she's a literary agent in New York. Powerful stuff.
 

New title

September 8, 2010
Closer will be published next May, again by Five Leaves. More about it later. It's intense, it's funny, it's serious. I'm so glad it's going to be published.

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Left Lion review

August 9, 2010
The Left Lion Review came out this week:
This young adult novel is a 'Freaky Friday' style body swap that see two seventeen year olds switch lives between 1962 and 2010. The girls, Holly and Marilyn, each go through a convincing range of emotional responses to their parallel personal journeys that keeps you turning the page to discover how they will cope.
Sense of time is evoked through the small details, such as the conversations, clothes and responses of friends. The narratvie itself is str...
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and soon - Paris!

July 28, 2010
Shakespeare and Co, the wonderful English language bookshop in Paris, will be stocking Vintage in October, when I go over and take them some copies...
If you've never been, it's a treat. Ceiling-high books, browsing chairs placed strategically, one directly in front of the poetry section, and a huge library of books upstairs. The high spot, a tiny writer's cubicle with an ancient typewriter for materspieces.

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Waterstone's

July 2, 2010
The book is now in stock at both Waterstone's in Leicester - many thanks to Stephen, who's put signed copies on the summer must read shelves.

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Un:bound review

June 19, 2010
Just out - another review! in Un:Bound by Hagelrat...
Also an interview in Left Lion  - thanks for all this, Adele...
Vintage – Maxine Linnell

Pub: Five Leaves

Length: 148 pages


I have reviewed this for Left Lion but wanted to expand on those comments. Also my interview with Maxine is up on Left Lion now.

Holly and Marilyn are both seventeen, on the cusp of adulthood and making decisions about university, dealing with their families and all the things that matter at that age. During a...


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Chicklish review

June 9, 2010

REVIEW: Vintage by Maxine Linnell

Vintage2 Review by Luisa.

Holly and Marilyn are teenage girls with different home lives. When something weird happens and they find that they've swapped bodies, there's an additional complication: they live in the same house, but Holly lives in 2010... and Marilyn lives in 1962. Now their lives have completely changed and the people around them are strangers who act like they know them. How will either girl cope in such an unfamiliar decade?

I l...
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More comment...

May 27, 2010
David Belbin was my tutor for fiction for young adults on the NTU Creative Writing MA. I learned such a lot from him, so it was great that he came to the book launch, and sent this feedback on the book. He's not slow to be critical, so this is really appreciated!

"I'm fond of good identity swap stories. But they're difficult to pull off well. I thought that you came up with a really good take on the idea, with vivid, believable characters and an intelligent use of the contrasting time periods,...
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More feedback...

May 17, 2010
"I like to read something that I'm enjoying in short bursts and savour it, but I found as I reached the middle of Vintage that I couldn't put it down, because I wanted to find out what happened next to each character - and almost resented having to switch to the other one at the end of each section, with the same feeling when I got to the end of that bit, and so on.
 
Thinking about it afterwards, you have got the "feel" of the two periods, and the feelings too! And there was a great mi...

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Lift off!

May 15, 2010
Vintage was launched on Thursday. Over 80 people turned up, it was a great atmosphere and the nostalgic food fomr 1962 disappeared in no time. We had dairylea sandwiches (cut square of course), pineapple and cheese on sticks, sauage rolls, cheese straws and a collection of biscuits and cakes from the period, including a wonderful victoria sponge. Then there was Vimto and ginger beer, cream soda and dandelion and burdock. The music flowed, and there was lots of laughter.

I was overwhelmed at t...
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