Journal

Rose Doran, Dreams by Berlie Doherty

Q&A session hosted by Adèle Geras "I decided to rename it because Rose Doran had changed, or my understanding of her had changed." Berlie Doherty writes novels, plays, stories, poetry and opera libretti and is translated into over twenty languages. She has written over 60 books,, mostly for children and young adults, Several of her […]

Book review - The Young Pretender by Michael Arditti

Review by Adele Geras - "Sparkling with wit and shot through with sadness: a winning combination." (Before I begin , I'd like to thank Michael Arditti for sharing these pictures with me. I'm afraid that, probably owing to my own technological incompetence, I was unable to upload all of them straight to this blog, so […]

Book Review- Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann

Reviewed by Adèle Geras, in conversation with guest Sally Christie. "We agreed we’d learned a huge amount but also that we’d laughed aloud often." Sally Christie has been a children's book editor and a writer of young fiction. She has also been a goat keeper and a cheese maker, both of which were a lot […]

Cogito Books Review of Dangerous Women

Cogito Books Book Club has reviewed Hope Adams’ Book, Dangerous Women We enjoyed a wonderful discussion of Dangerous Women by Hope Adams at our Cogito Book Group. We were all inspired by the fact that the author built such a compelling, complex narrative around the true events leading to the creation of the Rajah Quilt. […]

Dangerous Women Book Release

My novel, DANGEROUS WOMEN came out in UK on Thursday 4th March. It's published by Penguin Michael Joseph and here are screenshots of the Amazon.co.uk page. Reviews ‘Fine story of suspense, sisterhood and society, reflecting the harshness of women's lives and their desperation to survive in a world that has scant regard for their wellbeing' Daily […]

Introducing Hope Adams

The photo above shows the UK and USA covers of my new book, Dangerous Women. But sharp-eyed readers will see that the book is coming out under my pseudonym, Hope Adams.  I decided to publish under  a pseudonym for many reasons. The first was: this book is not like any of my others. It’s a […]

The Rajah Quilt and I....by Adèle Geras

There will be very little by way of illustration in this post. I am unsure of what's in copyright and what's not, so unless I'm quite certain of  not contravening any laws, I'm going to leave this piece with no pictures of the very thing I'm writing about: The Rajah Quilt.  Below is a photograph of the cover […]

Some thoughts about the novel by Adele Geras

The novel is in rude good health. Millions of people all over the world buy novels, read them, discuss them, take them out of libraries, pounce on them in charity shops, borrow them from friends and discover them on Kindles. Money is being made by lots of publishers and even a few writers. There are […]

Tara Westover's Educated - reviewed by Adele Geras

The cover of Tara Westover's Educated is striking. The passage quoted on the back of the book tells you something of what this memoir is about: the author's journey from Idaho to a PhD from Cambridge, a path strewn with astonishing descriptions of life in her extraordinary family. It also demonstrates some of the power […]

Tombland by C J Sansom, reviewed by Adele Geras

A rich, complicated and fascinating novel ... I was swept up in it. When this enormous novel was published in early November this year, it went straight to the very top of the Nielsen Bookscan charts, selling about 45,000 copies. A few weeks before it appeared, there was a piece in the Sunday Times by […]

I was born in Jerusalem in 1944 and spent my early childhood in many different countries because my father was in the Colonial Service. Before I was eleven, I'd lived in Cyprus, Nigeria, and North Borneo and later my parents were also sent to the Gambia and Tanganyika (now Tanzania)... read more.

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