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Innovate Magazine has reached its first anniversary and to celebrate is offering up a lot of autographed copies of the books its columnists have written. Find out more about their magazine and then follow the link to enter their competition.
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From The Life Of Riley: Feb 2016

From The Life Of Riley: Feb 2016

Only a crow heckles me as I trudge through the icy snow covering the North Country Trail. When I left my house minutes earlier, the morning temperature read seven degrees. By now, the sun has risen above the ridge line. While not deep, the snow has drifted in parts and I take care to stay on the trail. Summer taught me a cliff looms. A gurgling brook comes into earshot and I can picture the frigid water tumbling beneath sheets of ice. The stark noises are highlighted amid the quiet of winter...
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Walking like an Egyptian

Walking like an Egyptian

Back in 1998, I was a young woman, living in Australia. I had two small children and I was involved in a bitter custody battle with the Family Court overseeing it all. I was working as a freelance copywriter with a good, but very insecure and erratic income. I was exhausted from the insecurity of the work, and from being a mother to two young children, from the court battle, and from having no family to help ease the physical and emotional strain A daily treat, between assignments, when the...
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The Last Rocketman

The Last Rocketman

He stood at the top of Mount Everest, his rocket suit shining a metallic green in the harsh light of the dusk. He was exhausted, beaten up and weary. He had done as much as any one man could ever be expected to accomplish. And yet it hadn't been enough. He still wasn't able to stem the tide of evil sweeping across the world and slowly, but surely stomping on every spot of Light that remained unblemished by the virus of hatred led by Hitler and his regime. What had gone wrong? What had he...
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How long have I been walled up in here? How many rats and flies have I named, and feasted with? How many days have I paced beneath the meager half-light these narrow barred windows afford me? How long since my children have known the embrace of me, their mother? My persecutors assail me with accusations, more befitting some trashy storybook than any act that I know, and all the while seizing my estate for their own petty whims. Abduction, molestation, torture, the drinking and bathing in...
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Newfies in Space

Newfies in Space

The ice miner CSF Buddywasisname coasted into the Kuiper belt without much fanfare. They were on their seventh run of the season. The monotony of the mining runs for water, methane, and ammonia seldom had any excitement. This partly explained the illicit cases of Screech that had been under the bunk of 1st Assistant Engineering Mate George Goodfellow. The key phrase is “had been”.
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Blood-red soil and magical place names have inspired writers from Agatha Christie to JK RowlingIf you were to ask what place in Britain has inspired most writers, you would probably guess London; Devon comes a close second. So many authors past and present have been drawn to (and have drawn on) the county that it is arguably one of the most fertile places in Britain for writers to live, visit or set their work in.Both a heaven of beauty and inspiration and a hell of damp and dullness, Devon was...

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Big is beautiful in the Room author’s tale of seven children, four parents (and a three-legged dog) who follow their dreamsEmma Donoghue, the award-winning novelist best known for Room, has made her first foray into children’s fiction. The Lotterys Plus One is set in cosmopolitan Toronto and features a household that embodies diversity and respect for

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A dark underside to expat life is revealed in this nimble thriller exploring ideas of home, migration and lonelinessLottie Moggach’s debut, Kiss Me First, a thriller about online identity, was shortlisted for the Guardian first book award. Her second novel is an enjoyable slice of summer noir with a wider social perspective. From the prologue, you’d think you were in recognisable territory; then the story opens out into a commentary on the vicissitudes of escapism. Forty-ish Anna...

Clancy Sigal, Novelist Whose Life Was a Tale in Itself, Dies at 90

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Jailed at 5, blacklisted in Hollywood, the author of “Going Away” fell in with R.D. Laing and Doris Lessing....

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French Saviour
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It was in the centre of Paris that I was run over. Our ever-faithful bicycles were used to the maximum around the city. It was rush hour, and the reputation the Parisians have of being the worst drivers in the world was justified. Admittedly, we were on the pavement, studiously avoiding the square-hatted policemen who had told me off earlier that day for riding on the path.
We were sitting at the lights, and when pedestrians were shown the green light, off I sped. A lady in a small car hurtled around the corner through the red light, we collided. Actually, I pushed myself off the car, only knowing too well that I could be sucked under. All eight lanes of traffic came to a halt; Paris came to a standstill. The lady in the car was distraught; I was shocked.
Without really knowing what happened, a tall, handsome man picked me up and almost carried me to the pavement, while crooning, ‘Madam, you are ok, non? You are not hurt, non? Madam, you fell like a ballerina, like poetry. I am so sorry. You come all this way to our country to visit and this is what we do to you? I am so sorry, madam. What can we do to make it better?’
My knees were weak, not from the accident but from the smooth, poetic voice that caressed my ears. As I stared up into the beautiful, dark face of my saviour, letting him lead me to wherever he wanted to go, I felt a sharp pain in my ribs.
The magic of the moment was shattered with a, ‘She’ll be right, mate,’ from the unmistakable Aussie twang from my husband as he elbowed his way between my rescuer and me.
Reluctantly, the man let me go. As I thanked him, my heart sank as he disappeared. I think I loved him for a short time, if not him, then certainly the romance of the situation. In true Aussie form, Noel handed me my bike and said, ‘Come on, let’s go!’ And off we went. I was somewhat shaky, but smiling.



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