Valentina author S E Lynes has just had her first children's book published. In Italian. Out under her full name, Susie Lynes, it was written 15 years ago when Susie was living in Rome. She had completely forgotten about it when the illustrator got in touch 6 months ago. It's about a leopard who can't lose.
The beautiful cover and illustrations are by Barbara Simone. Link to Amazon Italy.
Susie's next thriller, Mother, to be published by Bookouture, is out in November.
A pick from some of the best bits of the popular travel author's blog diaries reveal the minutiae of day to day life in rural France. A must-read for Susie Kelly fans and anybody thinking of, or dreaming of, moving to France.
Living the French dream – vineyards, sunflowers, lavender fields, glasses of wine and platters of fromage. French ladies slender and chic, French men wearing berets and riding bicycles with baguettes clamped under their arms when they are not flirting outrageously, and all the while the sun shines down benevolently upon uniform rows of ripening vegetables.
Dreams are strange and unpredictable, and sometime so is la vie en rose.
Hydra is a magical, traffic-free, island where many artists congregate. US artist Michael has had his studio here since 1992.
It was a treat to see harbour shop Greco Gold displaying his art so beautifully:
Michael's review appears in prestigious company. Over the years, four recipients of the Nobel Prize in Literature have taught at Bard — Saul Bellow, Isaac Bashevis Singer, José Saramago, and Orhan Pamuk.
Hydra is a fantastic European weekend break destination.
In Michael's words: "And then there is the landscape of Hydra, summer days, bird songs, white walls, narrow pathways and small boats bobbing in the sea, all expressing the preasures of existence! The soul is set free in these watercolors to linger or dance! We are given permission to let go and breathe in the delight."
Like Hydra, Michael's work reflects light and joy.
More info on Tripping With Jim Morrison & Other Friends. Art by Michael Lawrence ships worldwide from his website. Or go along and see for yourself - Easyjet to Athens, a bus to the port and a Flying Dolphin ride to the island. Michael's studio is in Kamini, a delightful coastal walk from the Port.
Stephanie, June 2017