A little Freelance with Reader’s Digest

logoBack in October I had the privilege to do some Freelance work for Reader’s Digest UK. If you are into ghosts, unnerving noises, and mysterious happenings in eerie mansions then this article is for you!

Here is an excerpt from the article:

“This haunted townhouse claims to be home to the spirit of a young woman who committed suicide in the attic. Constructed in the late 18th century, the home first belonged to the British Prime Minister George Canning who lived there between 1770 and 1827.

The attic seems to be the on-going theme of spooks in this home. Legend has it that a young man was locked in the attic room and fed through a hole in the door until he went mad and died. Another story claims a little girl, who was killed by a sadistic servant, haunts the attic room.

After Canning, the home was rented to one Mr. Myers, who had recently been abandoned by his fiancée. He reportedly locked himself in the attic room and slowly went insane until his death.

In 1879, Mayfair Magazine reported that a maid who had stayed in the attic room had gone mad whilst working there, and died in an Asylum.

The day after this was reported, a nobleman wanted to see for himself if the home was haunted and stayed the night in the attic room. He died the next day. The coroner pronounced ‘fright’ the cause of death.”

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Read it Tomorrow (no pun intended)

“You shouldn’t try to stop everything from happening. Sometimes you’re supposed to feel awkward. Sometimes you’re supposed to be vulnerable in front of people. Sometimes it’s necessary because it’s all part of you getting to the next part of yourself, the next day.” – Cecelia Ahern ‘The Book of Tomorrow’ 

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Title: ‘The Book of Tomorrow’

Author: Cecelia Ahern

Publisher: HarperCollins

Rating: ****

 

 

Cecelia Ahern, an Irish born novelist has written many amazing novels all of which I am a fan of, esp. ‘Love, Rosie’ also known as ‘Where rainbows end’. The way she writes draws you in, forcing you to create a live Rom-com in your head casting each character with your chosen actor. I recently read her novel called ‘The Book of Tomorrow’.  The story follows a young girl named Tamara Goodwin, who is used to living a life of luxury. Drastic changes occur when Tamara’s father dies unexpectedly. This unexpected loss leaves Tamara and her mother in a mountain of debt  resulting in them having to leave their big mansion for a tiny cottage in the countryside. This tiny cottage however is inhabited by Tamara’s very peculiar Aunt and Uncle, which Tamara is now forced to share her life with. Whilst Tamara’s mother suffers from depression and ignores the outside world, Tamara finds herself bored and lonely.

One day a travelling book shop makes its rounds and stops at Tamara’s Aunt and Uncle’s house. Tamara decides to start checking out books as a way for something to do. She ends up finding a rather interesting leather bound book with a gold clasp and padlock attached to it. The book has no name and no title. Fascinated, Tamara opens the lock and to her surprise is starring at her own handwriting filling the pages with diary entries. But the most interesting part? The diary entries are dated for the next day.

When the next day plays out as the book predicted Tamara soon learns that all her problems could be solved. The book soon takes Tamara on a journey, introducing her to people she had no idea could impact her life. In Tamara’s quest to get the life back her and her mother once had, she learns more about herself, her family and that messing with fate has it’s consequences.

‘The Book of Tomorrow’ is a novel that makes you think twice about life’s situations, making you appreciate the things you have more than the things you want. All of Cecelia Ahern’s books leave you wanting to read more of her writing style.

A Warm Hello

Hi, so here it is my first post. I thought I would start by mentioning my favourite book, which whilst hard to narrow down to one, I thought I would take on the challenge.

‘You’ve Got Mail’1998 

Joe Fox: “Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. She was too proud.” 

Kathleen Kelly: “I thought you hated Pride and Prejudice?”

Joe Fox: “Or was she too Prejudice and Mr. Darcy is too proud? I can’t remember.”

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Title: ‘Pride and Prejudice’

Author: Jane Austen

Publisher: Thomas Egerton

Rating: *****

 

In my opinion Mr. Darcy was too proud.  Pride and Prejudice was first published in 1816, by the amazing Jane Austen and whilst she has written many memorable novels, ‘Pride and Prejudice’ is my favourite.  The novel is written in old english so as you read you actually feel as though you should be having tea with the queen and discussing eighteenth century drawing room intrigues.

The story takes place around Herefordshire (about 80 km outside of London) and focuses on the Bennet family. The Bennet’s are made up of one overbearing mother, one easygoing father, and five extremely different daughters. Whilst Austen touches upon all five daughters throughout the novel, she focuses primarily on life of Elizabeth and her witty banter with Mr. Darcy.

Mrs. Bennet has one goal in life and that is to marry off all of her daughters to the perfect husband. One day exciting news comes to Herefordshire that a wealthy man by the name of Mr. Bingley is moving to Netherfield (the town next door). In honour of his first night there the townspeople throw a ball (as you do) and Mr. Bingley brings along his sister and his best mate Mr. Darcy. Right away Bingley and Jane Bennet (1 of the 5 Bennet daughters) fall deeply for each other, whilst the prejudice Elizabeth is heavily put off by the proud and overbearing Dr. Darcy. The story continues to follow the playful love affair between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet leaving you guessing to the very last second whether their love for each other will weaken or deepen. Austen brings you within the novel placing you inside Eighteenth century England and it’s traditional courtly manners.