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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

A Radical Life: Interview by Profile Critics

May 12, 2022  |  No comment

One surprising aspect of Coleridge’s life – for me, at least – was discovering just how radical his outlook was. Here we are in the late 18th century and he could almost be thought of as a hippy - trying to construct an alternative society on egalitarian principles, dreaming of emigrating to America to live off the land. The opium addiction just adds to the Woodstock vibe! How would you characterise the younger Coleridge – was he a genuine free-thinker? How far adrift from the norms of his age was he?  Bethany: “Hippy” is quite a good description of him actually, dreaming...
Book Review: Sue Miller "Monogamy"
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In Praise of Kate
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Book Review: The Woman in the White Kimono by Ana Johns
Book Review, The Woman in the White Kimono by Ana Johns...