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…

Mental Illness in ‘Capriccio: A Novel’

Recently, a reader asked me if mental illness had influenced the characters in my novel, ‘Capriccio’. Until she brought it to my attention I hadn’t realised  just how much the suffering in this story was brought about by the frailties of each character’s mind. Sylvia (Grace in the novel) had attempted suicide three times before…

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…

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About ‘Capriccio: A Novel’

“Capriccio: a Novel” is inspired by the life of Assia Gutmann Wevill, the “other woman” who came between poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. At the request of the Hughes Estate names of the protagonists have been changed. However, those readers familiar with the true story will easily recognise the main players. This version of the…