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

Loving the Love

July 5, 2014  |  No comment

"Loving the Love" Review of “Love, etc” by Julian Barnes   This is one of those books that sort of creeps up on you. I wasn’t sure of the style to begin with. Written as a series of internal monologues there is no real story, the reader is simply given an insight on each protagonist’s reactions to a situation which develops throughout the book. After the first two chapters though I was hooked and could scarcely put it down.  It is acutely observed, beautifully written. It made me think about love, marriage and relationships in a way I never have before. The book is, in fact,...
Rainy Days in The Lakes
Rainy Days in The Lakes   My husband has a very...

Settling in
Settling in I remember waking that first morning....

Baffled by Boyd
Baffled by Boyd Book Review of "Ordinary Thunderstorms"...