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writing by Gail Aldwin and other authors

The interview where I spill all my writerly secrets

Fellow Black Rose Writer, Karen E Osborne interviewed me about my reading and writing habits. (Jim Bates, you might want watch as I recommend your short story collection Resilience.) Click on the arrow to hear our conversation.

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This Much Huxley Knows by Gail Aldwin

I’m getting the hang of this WordPress reblogging feature. Here you can read a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review of This Much Huxley Knows from the lovely Sue Bavey, on behalf of Rosie Amber’s review team. If you haven’t already done so, do get yourself a copy of this contemporary novel and join the fun. mybook.to/ThisMuchHuxleyKnows

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Book Description

I’m seven years old and I’ve never had a best mate. Trouble is, no one gets my jokes. AndBreaks-it isn’t helping. Ha! You get it, don’t you? Brexit means everyone’s falling out and breaking up.

Huxley is growing up in the suburbs of London at a time of community tensions. To make matters worse, a gang of youths is targeting isolated residents. When Leonard, an elderly newcomer chats with Huxley, his parents are suspicious. But Huxley is lonely and thinks Leonard is too. Can they become friends?

Funny and compassionate,this contemporary novel for adultsexplores issues of belonging, friendship and what it means to trust.

‘Read this and feel young again’ ­– Joe Siple, author ofThe Five Wishes of Mr. Murray McBride

Moving and ultimately upbeat’Christopher Wakling, author ofWhat I Did

A joyous novel with the wonderfully exuberant character of Huxley’ –

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Two months in Cambridge

We’ve had a wonderful time staying with an old friend in central Cambridge. Although we’re here for another fortnight, I wanted to share are the highlights so far:

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival

Open air theatre is a particular delight and when plays are staged in Cambridge college gardens, there can be few better venues. Over a six week period we’ve seen plays that I know and love including Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, A Comedy of Errors and two plays which were new to me, Richard III and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Richard III wins the prize for the most gruesome and A Midsummer Night’s Dream was a sheer joy.

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This Much Huxley Knows by Gail Aldwin / #SpotlightPost @gailaldwin

Thank you, Els, for spreading the word. If you’d like to get your hands on a copy of this ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ rated contemporary novel, click here: http://mybook.to/ThisMuchHuxleyKnows

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A story of innocence, misunderstandings and acceptance.

I’m seven years old and I’ve never had a best mate. Trouble is, no one gets my jokes. And Breaks-it isn’t helping. Ha! You get it, don’t you? Brexit means everyone’s falling out and breaking up.

Huxley is growing up in the suburbs of London at a time of community tensions. To make matters worse, a gang of youths is targeting isolated residents. When Leonard, an elderly newcomer chats with Huxley, his parents are suspicious. But Huxley is lonely and thinks Leonard is too. Can they become friends?

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Spotlight Post

Thank you, Gail Aldwin

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About the author

Novelist, poet and scriptwriter, Gail Aldwin’s debut coming-of-age novel The String Games was a finalist in The People’s Book Prize and the DLF Writing Prize 2020. Following a stint as a university lecturer, Gail’s children’s picture book Pandemonium was published. Gail loves to…

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Call it Huxley in a Comedy of Manners

Novels by three women writers are showcased on John Nixon’s blog. Besides sharing space on his bedside table, what do books by Nancy Mitford, Marianeh Bakhtiari and me have in common? Click on the link to find out.

 

Source: Call it Huxley in a Comedy of Manners

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This Much Huxley Knows by Gail Aldwin #TuesdayBookBlog #RBRT

Liz Lloyd’s review sees This Much Huxley Knows as a story of warmth and humour. Here’s the full lowdown.

Lizanne lost in a good book

I’m seven years old and I’ve never had a best mate. Trouble is, no one gets my jokes. And Breaks-it isn’t helping. Ha! You get it, don’t you? Brexit means everyone’s falling out and breaking up.

Huxley is growing up in the suburbs of London at a time of community tensions. To make matters worse, a gang of youths is targeting isolated residents. When Leonard, an elderly newcomer chats with Huxley, his parents are suspicious. But Huxley is lonely and thinks Leonard is too. Can they become friends?

Funny and compassionate, this contemporary novel for adults explores issues of belonging, friendship and what it means to trust.

My Review

This is a story of a family and their friends in pre-pandemic England . It’s very easy to empathise with 7-year-old Huxley because we see the world through his eyes. He doesn’t conform to the norm that his classmates expect so…

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Guest Post: What’s in a Name? This Much Huxley Knows by Gail Aldwin

Please enjoy this guest post from The Blue Mood Cafe where I share the process of giving my characters names in This Much Huxley Knows. What’s in a name?

Blue Mood Café

Gail Aldwin tells the stories behind the names of her characters in her second contemporary novel for adults, This Much Huxley Knows.

About the Book


I’m seven years old and I’ve never had a best mate. Trouble is, no one gets my jokes. And Breaks-it isn’t helping. Ha! You get it, don’t you? Brexit means everyone’s falling out and breaking up.

Huxley is growing up in the suburbs of London at a time of community tensions. To make matters worse, a gang of youths is targeting isolated residents. When Leonard, an elderly newcomer chats with Huxley, his parents are suspicious. But Huxley is lonely and thinks Leonard is too. Can they become friends?

Funny and compassionate, this contemporary novel for adults explores issues of belonging, friendship and what it means to trust.



Thinking of Names

Before I had a child, I always thought choosing a name for a baby…

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Meet Sundy Flor, Book Blogger at Books Unfold

I came across Sundy Flor’s Twitter account when I was investigating book bloggers online. I checked out her website, Books Unfold, and was impressed with the beautiful graphics she creates to accompany her posts and the interesting format for her reviews. I contacted Sundy Flor to see if she would be interested in reading and reviewing This Much Huxley Knows. She agreed and absolutely loved the novel, you can read the review here. We’ve had several email exchanges since then and it occurred to me readers of The Writer is a Lonely Hunter might be interested in learning more about book blogging and the new fangled Bookstagramming. Who better to ask than Sundy Flor?

Q&A with Sundy Flor from Books Unfold

Can you tell readers about yourself, where you’re from and Books Unfold?

I am Sundy Flor from Davao City, Philippines. I am an avid reader of books from Fantasy and Young Adult to Nonfiction. Books Unfold is my blog where I share my thoughts and the things I learned from books.

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Round up of activities since publication

It was a fortnight ago that This Much Huxley Knows was released. Since then, lots has happened including a Twitter launch which involved some love authors sharing their experiences of childhood to celebrate my seven-year-old narrator, Huxley.

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This Much Huxley Knows by Gail Aldwin

Jen_bookworm has been so generous in supporting my recent publications with a review. Now it’s time for Huxley and she’s gone and done it again with another thoughtful review. Thank you, Jen.

Bookworm

I’ve reviewed two of Gail Aldwin’s novels here (The String Games and Paisley Shirt) in the past and I am delighted to have the opportunity to read This Much Huxley knows.

Synopsis

I’m seven years old and I’ve never had a best mate. Trouble is, no one gets my jokes. AndBreaks-it isn’t helping. Ha! You get it, don’t you? Brexit means everyone’s falling out and breaking up.

Huxley is growing up in the suburbs of London at a time of community tensions. To make matters worse, a gang of youths is targeting isolated residents. When Leonard, an elderly newcomer chats with Huxley, his parents are suspicious. But Huxley is lonely and thinks Leonard is too. Can they become friends?

Funny and compassionate, this contemporary novel for adults explores issues of belonging, friendship and what it means to trust.

‘Read this and feel young again’ ­– Joe Siple, author ofThe…

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