From England, with love

Poet, Bridget Minamore, has created a wonderful poem titled ‘From England, with love’ to help us celebrate love and historic places. Watch her in the video below read her poem inspired by the unexpected, every day, spectacular places where we find romance.

From the historic pub to the listed seaside shelter, the club beneath railway arches to the Victorian park. The first meeting place, the first date, a declaration or a parting. All remembered with a smile, with nostalgia, with sadness or regret. Heritage leaves its mark on all of us.

One of my favourite places in Nottingham is Newstead Abbey where the legendary Nottinghamshire poet Lord Byron lived.

Where is your favourite historical place?

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Alice, review by author & campaigner Pippa Kelly

Book Review

The author, and campaigner Pippa Kelly has kindly read and reviewed my debut novel ‘Alice, here is what she says about it:

How does an intelligent, sunny-natured nurse, with a husband she loves and a wonderful daughter find her life spiralling out of control and into the gutter? What does it take to push a well-balanced woman over the edge and into the grips of alcoholism?

K. L Loveley’s exciting debut novel Alice explores these thorny questions. Using her own medical background as a nurse to inform Alice’s descent into addiction, the author cleverly combines a fast-moving plot with an acutely observed account of a life in flux and peril.

Alice’s husband loves her but fails to stand up to his grown-up children. Initially tolerating his weakness, Alice is finally spurred into action when her own daughter needs her help. Pushed beyond endurance, Alice moves out of her home.

Loveley reveals how easy it is, when faced with domestic problems, to lose one’s perspective, dignity and health. Without the kindness of a stranger who understands what Alice is going through, this gritty domestic drama could have had a far darker ending. As it is, the conclusion brings hope.

Alice is a racy, compelling read. I picked up the book and didn’t put it down till I’d read the last word.

This review by Pippa Kelly is  listed on the Austin Macauley Publishing website

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About Pippa Kelly

Pippa Kelly writes extensively in the national press about dementia, with which her mother lived for over a decade. She blogs for the Huffington Post and mariashriver.com, and has her own award-winning website, pippakelly.co.uk. She lives in Wandsworth with her husband and dog, Bert.
“One of the foremost writers of the day on the elderly, social care and health, particularly dementia, it is with good reason that Pippa Kelly has been awarded top honours in this field.” – Sue Saville, former Medical Correspondent, ITV News

 ‘Alice’ is available from:

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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – a literature masterpiece

Did you know that more than five million Americans belong to a book club?  How amazing is that!

anna kareninaWhen Oprah Winfrey in 2004 named a specific translation of the Tolstoy classic, Anna Karenina to her book club list, immediately its print run increased by 800,000. I have my own copy of this masterpiece, translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. This translation was acclaimed as the definitive English version of Anna Karenina, well deserved praise indeed.

While on a recent visit to St Petersburg with my husband, I was fascinated by the culture and history of Russia which lends itself to stories of great tragedy and passion.

While visiting Catherine’s Palace, Peterhof Park and the famous Hermitage Museum I was transported into the world of Officer Count Vronsky, Levin and Anna.

I never tire of reading the novel Anna Karenina, the story is filled with complex family lives and passionate, strong characters.

Do any of you feel this connection with the characters in Tolstoy and other great authors work? Let’s chat about it via Twitter or Facebook !

Snowflakes – perfection and purity

This morning, as I sat at my kitchen table, I suddenly catch a glimpse of a gentle movement through the corner of my eye. Sure enough, there it goes again.

My attention is caught. Turning myself to get a full view of whatever has caught my eye, I gaze out at my garden that is just beginning to show that spring is on its way. As though I am witnessing an act of magic, I stare at the tiny white snowflakes as they fall gently from the clouds. I marvel at how such a tiny snowflake, has given me a simple but joyous feeling.

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It occurs to me, that if the snow was green or maybe red, would the emotional response be the same? I ponder on this for a while, then come to the conclusion that it is the perfect purity of the colour white, that has evoked my joy.  The colour white, speaks to me of gentleness, purity, brides and new born babies.

“All things bright and beautiful.”

Of course, there is beauty to be seen in all of the colours of nature. However, for now, I celebrate the colour white.

Invisible Ink by Pippa Kelly – Book review by K.L Loveley

I absolutely loved reading ‘Invisible Ink’ written by Pippa Kelly.

Invisible InkI was hooked from the first chapter when the main protagonist of the story was still a young boy. Throughout the story she frequently refers back to the introduction of Maxi as a small boy when he is looking through his mum’s childhood encyclopaedia and the way he examines the words, breaking them down into syllables.  Pippa Kelly allows the reader to get inside the heart and mind of Maxi as a child and as a man, by cleverly juxtaposing the story in a beautiful and sensitive way.  The story gradually unfolds through two narratives.

Throughout the story, she never fails to deliver the imagery required to feed the readers imagination. I could almost see Maxi and Peter playing together on the trapeze and climbing into their hiding places. As the sibling rivalry and jealousy gains momentum with the risk of running out of control, the reader is kept guessing if just maybe, Maxi does have some link with the disappearance of his brother Peter. This is reinforced by the way Pippa Kelly describes in detail the psychological impact of the family tragedy and how the long term consequences of this, follow Maxi into his adult life.

Dementia

The subject of dementia is woven into this story, without impacting on the main theme, which is the story of a missing child. As Maxi becomes more aware that his mother is slipping further and further into the realms of dementia, he also is heading towards a potential breakdown. He is haunted by the tragedy of his missing brother and his assumed avoidance of the responsibility he has for his mother.
While trying to suppress his past, he puts his present situation as a London based Lawyer, and a new father, at risk.
This is a very emotional read. I felt the pain of bereavement in the true sense of the word and also in terms of a pseudo bereavement linked to the process of dementia.
Invisible Ink Pippa Kelly

Invisible Ink Book Synopsis

London lawyer Max Rivers has it all – a burgeoning career, a beautiful girlfriend, an exclusive address – but he harbours a long-buried secret that threatens to destroy his carefully constructed world.  Invisible Ink is a mesmerising novel of guilt, loss and betrayal within a family – of sibling jealousy that threatens to run out of control, a mother’s life all-but forgotten through the fog of dementia and a son who longs to, but cannot, escape his past. Pippa Kelly’s haunting debut offers a deft exploration of the complex emotions hidden beneath the surface of our lives; drawing its readers into Max’s story and leading them, step by careful step, towards its inevitable dénouement.

About Pippa Kelly

Pippa Kelly writes extensively in the national press about dementia, with which her mother lived for over a decade. She blogs for the Huffington Post and mariashriver.com, and has her own award-winning website, pippakelly.co.uk. She lives in Wandsworth with her husband and dog, Bert.

‘Invisible Ink’ by Pippa Kelly is published by Austin Macauley and is available from all good bookshops.

Hacksaw Ridge movie review

hacksaw ridgeIf you enjoy a good historical drama, then ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ is the one to watch at the moment. My husband and I are true movie fans, especially war films and have enjoyed a number of great productions in the past.
‘Hacksaw Ridge’, staring Andrew Garfield and directed by Mel Gibson, did not disappoint. The movie follows the story of Desmond T Doss a WW11 hero. This amazing combat medic saved the lives of seventy five men during the battle of Okinawa. What makes this hero soldier even more special was his pacifist belief and his refusal to carry a gun, despite being on the front line.
This film has been nominated for a number of academy awards, very well deserved.
Have you watch it yet, what do you think? Let’s chat about it via Twitter or Facebook !

Photoperiodism – long nights, short days

“Photoperiodism refers to the physiological reactions of organisms to the length of day or night.”

book heartWell I can certainly relate to that. These short days and long nights which we always experience at this time of year in the Northern hemisphere are very conducive to my favourite pastime of reading (my physiological reaction).

Of course one of the dilemmas of our modern day society is in what format should I choose to read tonight? Perhaps an E-book with the ability to change the font and/or the light. Or maybe a paperback which is light and just the right size and weight to hold comfortably while sitting in the lotus position. Then again, I could go for a hardback book, sturdy and strong with a classic feel.

However, for now I may just read the Sunday newspaper, after all, its going to be a long night in the northern hemisphere.

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Red Letter Day: My novel is published

Publication date Alice by K.L LoveleyMy ‘red letter day’ has arrived, Tuesday January 31st, the official publication date of my debut novel ‘Alice’. This is an extremely significant day for me and I will enjoy every moment.

My love of writing began with a gift of a five year lock up diary at age seven, and I have never stopped writing since. I have spent a lifetime making notes in my journals, composing poetry and more recently writing novels. My journey from writer to author has been enjoyable and it has now reached a significant milestone – the official release of my first published novel!

Whilst this event will not be historically important to others, this is and always will be a special day for me and my family. So, let us celebrate together my friends, life is full of joyous moments.

My debut novel ‘Alice’ is now available to purchase at:

Amazon and Waterstones and other leading book stores!