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

I like coffee, I like tea

July 28, 2014  |  No comment

  I like coffee, I like tea Can you remember a time when you asked for a cup of coffee in a café and were given just that? Maybe you had the choice of “black or white” or “hot or cold milk” if it was served separately, but nothing like the huge choice we are presented with nowadays. Even in Italy recently when I asked for “due caffe latte” we were given a hot milk with a shot of espresso in a glass. Ten years ago when I asked for the same it was a cup of black coffee with hot milk separately in a jug. Apparently that's now called a "Caffe Americano”. Is it the American...
Loving the Love
"Loving the Love" Review of “Love, etc” by Julian...

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....