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Reviewing the Situation with Lena Davis

Lena Davis has been a music producer, writer and Personal Manager; a photographer and journalist and, over thirty years ago, got together with Caroline Scattergood to create the Caring & Sharing Trust to bring music, hope and love into the lives of people with learning disabilities and their families from throughout Northamptonshire.

For those of us who enjoy a good psychological thriller, the superb “Sticks and Stones” (Jo Jakeman published by Harvill Secker £12.99) is one of the best. My guess is it won’t be long before it’s snapped up for television serialisation. They have probably put Suranne Jones on standby!

Jo Jakeman, the author, should give heart to amateur writers everywhere. Moving from amateur to professional is notoriously difficult for any writer, so it’s uplifting to hear she won the Friday Night Live 2016 competition at the York Festival of Writing with this very book. So, after working for many years in the City of London, she has now moved to Derbyshire, complete with husband, twin boys and now a burgeoning reputation as a writer of quality.

Not only is it a jolly good read but it will also have you thinking about how far you might go for revenge. This book is all about how it might affect your psyche. I heartily recommend it to you all.

And now, for something completely different!

Edward Elgar Publishing produce lots of books for university studies. I am lost in admiration of those students who manage to plough their way through the densely printed pages to find some nuggets of interest. I have devoted myself to reading two of their volumes on subjects that interest me.
“How to Keep Your Research Project on Track” and “Financing Nonprofits and Other Social Enterprises” which cost £24.95 each.

They are both wrapped in attractive covers and there the benefits end – for me at least. I challenge you to find any books with paragraphs as long. They might be full of juicy and fascinating information but it is virtually impossible to find the will to dig out anything other than a headache and crossed eyes!

Yale University in America has a well-established publishing arm and the results published included first-class and user friendly layouts.
They realise that students today can access immediate info on social media and printed info needs to be pertinent, concise and well presented. At the very least, Edward Elgar Publishing, hire someone who knows about paragraphs!

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