Guest Post: Hemmie Martin on THE RELUCTANT MOTHER

Blog Makeover To make a change from my musings on terrible things in the news, and because it’s summer and I’m looking forward to doing nothing much for a few weeks except read under shady trees and finish Book 2, my blog will look a little different for a while. Coming up is the first of a series of guest posts … More Guest Post: Hemmie Martin on THE RELUCTANT MOTHER

Real-life horrors, humour, running and fiction

Yet another terrorist atrocity, this time in London… and only a few miles from my home. I admit to feeling shocked and depressed for several days afterwards, despite making an effort to carry on as normal. Yes, though it can seem heartless, we need to do that as best we can, I believe, while doing our utmost to oppose Islamic extremism. … More Real-life horrors, humour, running and fiction

Monster On The Loose

After the suicide attack at a pop concert in Manchester this week, I struggled to find any words that would manage to express my stunned horror at what had been done in the name of religion.  To target teenage girls and children in this way seems to many to be sub-human, to go beyond what we can attempt to understand or even imagine. … More Monster On The Loose

CREATING FICTION FROM REAL EVENTS at The Sheen Bookshop, 6.30pm today

Anyone within reach of southwest London (Sheen) this evening, please join me (Jennie Ensor) and my fellow Unbound author Jessica Duchen for a discussion of writing based on real-life events. Our books both feature historical events. (Historical-ish events in the case of Blind Side, i.e. London in 2005, 7/7 and the Russia-Chechnya conflict a few years earlier.) Jessica Duchen’s novel Ghost Variations … More CREATING FICTION FROM REAL EVENTS at The Sheen Bookshop, 6.30pm today

Review: Seas Of Snow by Kerensa Jennings

Today I’m reviewing Kerensa Jennings’ debut novel, the literary psychological thriller Seas Of Snow, published by Unbound. Blurb 1950s England. Five-year-old Gracie Scott lives with her Mam and next door to her best friend Billy. An only child, she has never known her Da. When her Uncle Joe moves in, his physical abuse of Gracie’s mother starts … More Review: Seas Of Snow by Kerensa Jennings