Miss Hargreaves

When The Characters Take Charge

It took me years to realise that books are made by characters, not plots. Yet sometimes characters are so overpoweringly real that they go in search of the author – beware of creating fictional figures that might spring to life when you least expect it… In The Land of Laughs Jonathan Carroll’s hero is an […]

Cool Fall Reading

As a book judge, a book reviewer, a book writer and a voracious reader, I sometimes feel it’s all getting out of hand. But here are some I need to recommend to you. First up is ‘High Society: Mind Altering Drugs In History and Culture’, and it’s a book for which the term ‘lavishly illustrated’ […]