Do you have to ‘like’ the main character? Reader Reviews.

Recently someone who was a little way through my book said; ‘It’s good, but she (Esther) is so selfish! I don’t like her at all.’ I agreed, and said that it’s true, she was not your most noble or exemplary character. Beautiful, yes, as the portrait shows, but vain and mischievous as well. This got…

The Rocky Road to Publication

Fifteen years ago I came across a newspaper article called “Haunted by the Ghosts of Love”. It was the story of the woman who had come between two famous poets: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Her name was Assia Gutmann Wevill. I had never heard of her. Assia’s story fascinated me, and I began to…

Was Tanya/Shura Ted’s/Larry’s daughter?

(Warning: Spoilers) Although Assia was certain of her daughter’s paternity, declaring the father on her birth certificate to be Edward Hughes, Ted Hughes rarely referred to little Shura (named Tanya in the novel) as his daughter. Indeed there were instances when he denied paternity. Yet we are told that he was overcome with grief at…

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Sign of Lightning

 The streets of Tel Aviv are full of sand, even in the cracks of the newly laid concrete footpaths. There’s a feeling of the desert encroaching on the edge of this bourgeoning city, where the Arab markets flourish next to European restaurants.

Ted Hughes, Assia, and the Kabbalah

  Kabbalah (Hebrew קַבָּלָה‎)  literally means “receiving/tradition”. It is an ancient series of spiritual teachings originating in the twelfth century BC, in the town of Safed in Palestine. Notes found in Ted Hughes’ loose leaf notebook in the British Library summarise the story of a Jewish Talmudist, Rabbah bar Hannah, who set down  his life story of…