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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

Book Review: Sue Miller "Monogamy"

January 19, 2022  |  No comment

Book Review: Sue Miller "Monogamy" It is rare for me to give up on a book but with this one I came to the stage where I picked it up with a sense of dread so about three quartets of the way through I finally gave up. The reviews I have read seem polarised: some people raving about the beautiful writing, others, like me, finding it repetitive and tedious. I was drawn to this book by the blurb: “Annie has long known that no marriage is what it seems to those on the outside, a fact that is a source of comfort when her husband die. That is, until she discovers truths about Graham she’d...
In Praise of Kate
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Book Review: The Woman in the White Kimono by Ana Johns
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Another Year Over...
Another Year Over... This is the time of year when...