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Deborah Lawrenson  Author, blogger, reader and wanderer with a camera and notebook. New novel 300 Days of Sun is out now from HarperCollins.

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Martin Walker’s mysteries set in La France Profonde have long been a secret pleasure. Benoît Courrèges, aka Bruno, Chief of Police, is a former soldier turned policeman, who has embraced the pleasures and slow rhythms of country life in the idyllic village of St. Denis in the Dordogne. But a series of murders, intrigues, and other crimes constantly interrupt his peace and quiet - living in his restored shepherd’s cottage, shopping at the local markets, riding his horse, drinking wine and falling in love. Escapism at its best.
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Having fun on a dreary grey afternoon in Kent writing a sequence set in Avignon and using photos to remind me of some of the more unusual corners. Here are the “back stairs” that snake down behind the cathedral on the mount and the Palais des Papes. A nice visual metaphor for getting deeper into a story, too.
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Fear of Flying is one of those books that I have known about for decades. But I’d never read it, because I knew so much about it, that it seemed I already had. Erica Jong’s chronicle of the soul-searching, erotic adventures of an intellectual young poet named Isadora Wing during the early Seventies and the second wave of feminism was groundbreaking and explicit.

Isadora’s frank, confident account of her quest for no-strings, satisfying sex (“absolutely pure” and “free of ulterior motives”) and her sensual inner life created a huge stir (‘scuse the Freudian pun, it’s hard - oops- not to get caught up in Wing’s world) when it was published in 1973. John Updike called the book “fearless” and Henry Miller predicted it would “make literary history” for its “wisdom about the eternal man-woman problem”. And of course, there was much serious discussion about female self-expression. Which is all very well and right - and the serious-minded have excellent points - but that’s what put me off.
Now I’m actually reading it, I am loving it because there’s another dimension that I am struggling to find much mention of in the serious critical reviews, which is that this is a brilliantly funny book, full of mordant humour and wonderful observations. Jong had me with the first line: “There were 117 psychoanalysts on the Pan Am flight to Vienna and I’d been treated by at least six of them.” Then, “Was it stepping on with the right foot or with the left that kept the plane from crashing?” Add in the sex and it’s a joy.
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It’s always great to get the green light on another novel. After some negotiation, a crucial setting has been agreed with the publishers on both sides of the Atlantic. Full steam ahead at the writing desk now - but do you know where this is? PS. This is not the imposing side of the place that most people would know. But that’s the fun, getting under the surface...
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A touch of soft focus in this photo from @pacificnwauthor Sharman Badgett-Young but the colours are terrific. Just what I needed on a grey day at the writing desk. And if the subject matter reminds me that all things can be achieved even though it might be a struggle sometimes, then so much the better.
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Good reading and writing weather - and good enough for walking and thinking.
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#nofilter #kent #englishwinter #countryside #walking #visitengland #landscapelover #landscapephotography #wanderlust #authorlife

It’s been a while since the last shameless self-promotion, but you haven’t escaped. Here’s a great repost from @brynch1 that seems to remind us all that when the new year black coffee diet starts to flag, getting engrossed in a good book is a fine way to forget your hunger pangs!
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Back in England, back at the desk. But travelling stays with you in interesting ways, not least in how you look around at places close to home with a new appreciation, like this glimpse through the gates that I have passed a thousand times as I set out for walks.
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This new one on the horizon will strike a chord with book lovers and booksellers alike. Amy Meyerson has written a lovely, engaging bookish mystery that reminds us of the life-long bonds we form through reading, and how a great bookstore is about so much more than shifting stock. Miranda's literary trail to find her eccentric Uncle Billy is twisty, heartfelt and uplifting with a poignant understanding of how families tell stories too. It’s out from Park Row Books in June. @amy.meyerson @thegernertco @harpercollinsus .
#bookish #bibliophile #bookstagram #instabook #goodreads #amymeyerson #thebookshopofyesterdays #igreads #bookclub #bookclubcollective #newbooks #summereads #lovetoread #lovereading #bookstore #mystery #bookworm #parkrowbooks

Very hard to leave this one behind in Santiago, too.
#daughter #family #santiago #chile #bellavista #wanderlust #travel

I have long been fascinated by Mary Shelley and the tragedies and hardships of her journeys across Europe as the long-suffering wife of a Romantic poet: the bad decisions, the bad luck, the hardships, the strains of the constant presence of her opportunistic stepsister Claire in the early years of her marriage. Mary wrote her masterpiece Frankenstein at Lord Byron’s villa on the edge of Lake Geneva. It’s supposed to be a summer holiday, but 1816 is ‘the year without a summer’, when Europe is swathed in rain, hail and ice for months, due to the eruption of a volcano in the East Indies. The Shelleys’ erratic life over the next few years in Italy will encompass literary success alongside the deaths of young children, and culminate in Percy’s drowning in a sailing accident.
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On my return to England I found this book waiting for me, a thoughtful gift from a friend who was once my school English teacher. I haven’t been able to resist dipping in, and can already see that Fiona Sampson has written a compelling narrative that captures all the frustrations and contradictions of Mary’s young life.
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Very hard to say goodbye to Santiago, with its wonderful combination of old and new, trees and mountains.
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In the suitcase with the beach sarong. Sometimes you just want a book to dip into and have a think about the words as the world goes by.
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Santa Lucía Hill in the centre of Santiago in Chile. Somehow exactly what I hoped and expected to find in a cosmopolitan South American city. Have loved Santiago!
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Always need a book in your bag. Even when there are travel delays, you are still going somewhere in your imagination.
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Whalebone on Isla Damas. Thirty minutes earlier, we had seen a live whale - its back and fin - from the boat over from Isla de Choros.
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Four weeks on the road and we have acquired some unexpected tastes, along with all the old unshakeables, of course.
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On the trail of Humboldt penguins on the Isla Damas off the coast of Chile.
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#nofilter #isladamas #chile #penguin #humboldtpenguins #nationalpark #pacific #wanderlust #travelblogger #nature #beach #coast

My 2018 diary, gift in Santiago from prescient daughter. Much needed to record this amazing trip.
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Chilean landscape of mountain, scrub and cacti - glimpses of wild llamas - in the southern anteroom of the Atacama desert.
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Still reading Sybille Bedford’s Quicksands. Slow progress due to llamas, penguins and dolphins...though that is another post. Back in Santiago and delightful garden at hotel, head full of Chilean landscapes of brown mountains, scrub and cacti close to the Atacama desert.
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A very fine restaurant in Santiago. Not really anything to do with chocolate, honest.
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Still in the bookish company of Sybille Bedford. Fascinating insights into how far her fiction was fact; her eye problems that meant she wrote on green paper to cut the glare that exacerbated them; her rootless existence for many years; and the kindness of many exalted friends such as Aldous and Maria Huxley. Read in a lush garden by a pool in Santiago - who knew there were so many agapanthus lilies everywhere in this city?
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Palm trees and the Andes... Happy New Year from Santiago in Chile! 🌺🍾✨

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