In the Harry Potter world, there’s not really a charm for creating silence. There’s a silencing charm, but it only makes the recipient temporarily mute. And that’s not the true kind of silence I want to talk about.
There’s nothing better than curling up with a beach/summer/surf story that just instantly transports you to long sunny days, sandy beaches, and every lasting summer holidays. Here are five of my favourite Young Adult authors who write about the beach and summer.
It’s one of those magical mornings,
A mug, left on a wall, rainwater collected in the bottom.
A curled up towel on the corner of the lawn.
A forgotten chair, tossed upside down by the wind.
Nature has reclaimed them for its own.
The interwar years and WWII have always fascinated me. I’ve always loved reading books set in this period, and my first ever “novel” when I was thirteen was a WWII story (I never finished it).
It’s no secret that I love Fowey and Daphne du Maurier, and lots of my pictures and posts feature both of them. Having spent a lot of time there in recent years, I thought I’d write a bit about the links that Daphne’s writing has with this special little piece of south Cornwall.
I can see the whites of the rooftop
emerging through the tree branches
as the leaves fall away,
giving way to this barren scene.
It’s no secret that Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier was inspired by Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel of love and madness. Rebecca is a book that I probably reread at least once a year – I can recite the opening paragraphs by heart. But Jane Eyre I don’t know so well.
Returning home after a holiday is always strange. It’s difficult to settle again, to refocus, despite all the ideas and dreams you had when you were away. It’s hard to get back into that rhythm of life, especially after establishing a new one when away.
In many ways, I feel like 2016 is going to be the YEAR. There are so many exciting things coming up that I can’t wait!