How I Wrote ‘Capriccio: A Novel’

THE WRITING OF CAPRICCIO I have written three completely different versions of this novel, over fifteen years, each version entailing many drafts. The first novel was called simply ‘Assia’, and was based on what little I knew of her life. Most of my information came from scholarly works on Hughes or Plath, plus a study…

Sydney Launch of Capriccio

I am still recovering from the excitement of my author event at Waverley Library, Sydney, a few weeks ago. It took the form of a Q&A with the wonderful Susannah Fullerton , guru of all things literary. Capriccio: a Novel was originally launched in Darwin, soon after its publication in September 2018. It was time for…

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…

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