Category Archive for: ‘Themes’

Are you a character person or an action person?

  I’m a character person. I love characters, especially those who rise above what life has delivered them. And witty characters – I wish I could write them better – like the character of Dowager Countess of Grantham in Downtown Abbey played by the consummate Maggie Smith. But since I can’t write ‘witty’ well enough to please me, I’m left …

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Happiness is searching the annals of time

I must be writing another book – there is no other explanation for getting buried in the past, which, at best, is a solitary task, and at worst is downright anti-social. But I’m happy. That must count for something. Any genealogist, historian and writer will relate to my search, digging deeper and deeper into history to find just the right …

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The Lilt of Irish Laughter

Ireland – the land of song, of sadness and joy: the land where people have survived the worst and can still laugh at themselves. There is something about the Irish spirit that is infectious. We have just left Cobh (pronounced Cove) in the south of Ireland. It was the last port of call for the Titanic on its fatal voyage, …

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Go Set a Watchman reading challenge

I am currently reading ‘Go Set a Watchman’ by Harper Lee, as part of an onboard Book Club challenge. Later in the voyage, we will be discussing the book. I’ll be very interested in what other people have to say. So far, a mere three chapters into the book, she certainly has a distinct voice and the characters are coming …

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Crossing the oceans of time

A gap year is for kids, right? A time when the young ones do their OE (overseas experience) either between school and university or before they take on full time employment. Traditionally, yes, but can you take a gap year at any age? We think so. After more than eighteen months of planning prior to the executive half retiring in …

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