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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

In Praise of Kate

August 11, 2021  |  No comment

In Praise of Kate  What am I going to do? I’ve just finished reading the last Jackson Brodie novel by Kate Atkinson.  It’s hard to describe to anyone who hasn’t read them what it is about Kate Atkinson’s books that are so addictive. It’s the way she gets inside her characters’ heads, gives them the strange off-the-wall thoughts that go through all of our minds. We really know these people. They’re not perfect. They don’t always do the right thing. They have faults and flaws like we do. “Big Sky” is the fifth and final in the Jackson Brodie series. It’s...
Book Review: The Woman in the White Kimono by Ana Johns
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Book Review: A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier
Book Review A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier This...