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

Ring out the old, ring in the new...

December 14, 2017  |  No comment

Ring out the old, ring in the new...  Is it too early for an end of year review? I’ve had such a productive year that I really do feel I’d like to shout about it. It began with the publication of Poppy’s Seed in February 2017. It’s an amazing feeling when you finally see the book you’ve worked so hard on.   Poppy’s Seed had very good reviews, not just five star reviews from customers on Goodreads and Amazon, but from publications like Books Monthly, who called it “superb”. I also had a full page spread in The Somerset County Gazette, and an interview on BBC Radio...
The Mysterious Mr.Mitchell
The Mysterious Mr.Mitchell  Slade House was the first...

The Life and Travels of a 20th Century Engineer
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Review of Poppy's Seed in the Wellington Edge magazine