What if you don’t like the main character in a novel?

Can  writers still attract readers if the main character is not admirable?  Can readers enjoy a book in which the protagonist is flawed? A recent podcast from ‘The Bookshelf’ (ABC RN  March 15 2019) addresses this issue. Kate Evans and others review ‘Adèle’ by the French-Moroccan author Leïla Slimani, There’s a lot not to like…

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…

New Reviews of ‘Capriccio: a Novel’

Below are some of my favourite reviews. I am eternally grateful to my readers, fellow authors, and  critics for their heartwarming and insightful feedback: Amazon 5 star Review. A gripping read. This beautifully written work covers so much ground: love, literature, abuse, religion, and the struggle for identity. I found it gripping and poignant, especially knowing…

The Invisible Woman

 “The invisible woman: A Review of ‘Lover of Unreason’ by Eilat Negev and Yehuda Koren, by Peter Porter. Reprinted from The Guardian Oct 2006 The title of this all-encompassing biography of Assia Wevill, ‘Lover of Unreason’,  refers to Assia’s self-chosen epitaph, with she wanted engraved on her tombstone.  It perhaps reflects her descent into depression…

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…