Only Human by Diane Chandler
Every betrayal has a consequence... one family... one summer... one woman
Will she stay or will she go?
Anna Bond is floundering....
Tiger mum to tricky teen Sophie, now slipping through her fingers, and loyal wife to big sociable Ollie, whom she no longer trusts, what does she do next with her life?
Once a confident career woman, after so many years at home and the school gate, Anna now finds her mind is chattering and her soul is searching - for what matters.
Then Jack walks into their lives. Sophie’s first boyfriend is a breath of fresh air for the whole family, and Anna gradually discovers new purpose for herself.
But when deceit creeps in, tensions surface, and she finds herself propelled through a tangled web of secrets and lies towards a devastating climax.
Publication date: 8 September 2020
Cover artwork by Maddie Chandler
Cover design by Bookollective
JULY 1st 2020
REISSUE OF TANYA'S DEBUT NOVEL THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE (2013)
'Manages to combine a sensitive subject with Black Country Humour.' 'WATERSTONES LOVES', WATERSTONES, WALSALL
'A wonderful poignant and witty story.' JILL FRASIER, Founder and Director of healthcare charity, KISSING IT BETTER
Life as the single mum of a child with learning difficulties is tough... but it gets so much harder when puberty hits.
To single mum Izzie's alarm...
...all her daughter Jaya, 18, wants from life is to get married and have babies.
This creates a moral dilemma for Izzie:
How can she continue to protect her daughter whilst at the same time letting her go?
In the small Midlands town where they live, there is little prospect of meaningful employment or continuing education for Jaya. So, Izzie wonders, would finding a 'suitable husband' via an arranged marriage for half-Indian Jaya be so crazy?
But when Jaya falls head over heels for a teaching assistant in her college's Special Educational Needs department, a disastrous sequence of events are set in motion.
Life for Jaya and Izzie is turned around in ways that nobody could ever have foreseen.
"The lightest, most entertaining, of reads on a serious dilemma facing many parents of teens wth learning difficulties, single parent or not." GOODREADS
"This is not like any other novel I have ever read. It tackles major taboos head-on, but the author does it in a way which is so sensitive and witty, you wonder why they were ever taboos at all!" GOODREADS
Fans of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time shouldn't miss this one...
£8.99 PAPERBACK WATERSTONES: https://www.waterstones.com/book/desperately-seeking-normal/tanya-bullock/9781916426894
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£3.49 EBOOK AMAZON:
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Moondance author Diane Chandler hosts a Chiswick Buzz TV online ZOOM Book Club. Words with Wine on Wednesday in W4 is every other Wednesday at 6pm.
Sweet Sorrow by David Nicholls was the book under discussion last Wednesday, 3 June: amzn.to/2z4pAzv
Diane was joined on the panel by script editor Ruth Hunter, literary agent Anna Klerfalk and Blackbird's Stephanie Zia.
We were thrilled to be joined by the author David Nicholls for the last 40 minutes of the book club.
'Funny, fascinating and informative What a fascinating and at times very funny book. Susie and her husband Terry undertake a cycle trip from Versailles, through Paris and then taking in several towns situated along the Marne valley. Their route follows that taken by Marie Antoinette and Louis XV1 when they fled from Paris, were captured and brought back to face certain death by guillotine. Susie is a wonderful storyteller and there are many laugh out loud moments, though I suspect not always for her! She incorporates the tale of the ill-fated couple as well as giving us other more recent historical facts about the places they visit, some of which are quite harrowing. She has the knack of bringing history to life and she’s certainly done her research, something I like to do as well. From the cover to the end this is a thoroughly enjoyable and informative memoir. There’s plenty to smile at and lots to discover in this super book. ' 142nd UK Amazon review for The Valley of Heaven and Hell - Cycling in the Shadow of Marie Antoinette by Susie Kelly
'Full of colour, character and sound. Although the LSD trip with Morrison is one of Lawrence's formative experiences, the book is about a lot more than music, the Doors, drugs or the 1960s. It's a fascinating coming-of-age story covering art, philosophy, music, the cinema, travelling and much more.' UK Amazon reader on Tripping With Jim Morrison & Other Friends by Michael Lawrence
The Spell of the Horse author Pam Billinge is hosting a number of fabulous retreats this summer. If you enjoyed the book, here's a chance to live it with Pam & her horses.
"This year I will be hosting a Spell of the Horse retreat from 4-5 September here in France for those who wish to truly sink into the peace and healing spirit of the horse in this beautiful, rural
corner of France. I am also excited to be offering a new workshop, The Essence of the Horse, which combines mindfulness with art to create a special kind of connection, in conjunction with equine artist Diana
And of course if you wish to have a tailored developmental experience here with the herd I am again offering intensive residentials throughout the spring, summer and autumn subject to availability.
All events are open to both English and French speakers. If you are travelling from England don't be put off by that little stretch of water between us. La Source is only two hours' drive from the ferry port at Caen Ouistrehem, and an hour by train from Paris by TGV (travel to Le Mans where pick up can be arranged, ask for a quote).
I am delighted also to confirm that I will be running a 5-day workshop 'Horses, Sense and Soul - A Spiritual Journey' at the Findhorn Foundation near Forres in Scotland with my colleagues Lindsay Fovargue and Marja Kuijer. This programme is held lovingly within this inspiring community and brings great depth both within the group process and individually. "
Full details and booking at Pam's website https://www.pambillinge.com/
Read Pam's latest blog post, Self Compassion in the Presence of the Herd here: