Bethany Askew Novelist

Novels, short stories and poems


I like to write about  women's lives and relationships, and am particularly interested in women's position in society, their role as wives and mothers, and the effects of marriage and divorce on family life.

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Short stories

"The Night of the Storm" is the first short story I have written and was based, in true Mary Shelley style, on a dream I had one night. When I woke up I scribbled down the bare bones of it immediately before it disappeared from my mind...        

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Ideas for poetry pop into my mind at the most unlikely times: when I'm driving, or doing something boring like the housework, or just before I go to sleep at night, thinking over what has happened during the day.

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Recent Blogs

Not Boyd's Best

September 3, 2016  |  No comment

Not Boyd’s Best Book review Sweet Caress by William Boyd A new Boyd book, I was so excited. Ever since I read Armadillo I have loved William Boyd, although as with most authors, I have found some of his books disappointing. I didn't particularly enjoy Restless or his James Bond outing Solo. Brazzaville Beach is probably my favourite, followed closely by Armadillo, and I loved Any Human Heart. Sweet Caress could almost be seen as a female version of Any Human Heart, the biography of a woman from her earliest memory to almost the day of her death.  This is what Boyd does really well, the sweeping...
Where the heart is...
Where the heart is….. Sometimes I see myself back...

Coleridge in Love
Coleridge in Love Samuel Taylor Coleridge, poet, literary...

Moved by Moving
Moved by Moving Book Review of “Moving” by Jenny...