I will be attending the London Book Fair in 2014.
My short story, Sharing the Cost has been included in the anthology Weird Love, published by Pandril Press in Manchester.
The launch takes place on November 7th at The Anthony Burgess Centre in Manchester, where I will be reading a section of Sharing the Cost.
A brilliantly written novel and totally compelling read with Audrey the social worker creating humour throughout. Jean's pain and anguish at not being able to have children was skilfully and powerfully crafted. A riveting story with characters and a story that could easily resonate with our own experiences and lives.
An authentic read...
by Helen Hodgson
A great read. The time switches throughout the novel and the January December structure work very well. The pain of the childless woman is visceral and though Jean has clear faults we stay on side through all her strange behaviour. Audrey is hilarious, though she doesn't know it, and Barry is a study with whom many of us could empathise
by Quilter Baxendale
This is a great read. I particularly enjoyed the empathic descriptions of the misery of childlessness, and the vivid details of the processes involved for a person with bulimia. As an educator I loved too the value that is placed on education, especially education that provides a second chance for mature people. A warm and witty book.
by Julia Duggleby
Sharp as a Sheffield steel blade, Into Dusk, endorses the view that success is about managing disappointment and embracing the new, the unexpected. Widowed and childless, Jean, propelled by her studies, learns to love as an aunt, accepting that the present, not the past, is the only credible place to linger.
by Sarah Atkins-Navas
What a wonderful poignant, touching book. Will definitely be looking out for more work by this author.
by Claire Meadows
Ruth Owen is a teacher of English and Critical Thinking in a further education college.
She has a BA in English and French and an MA in Writing.
Ruth has had her writing published in The Guardian and The Times Educational Supplement. She is a member of The Times English Advisory Panel and is a reviewer of the Monday double episode of Coronation Street.
She has three children and lives in Sheffield with her husband and golden cocker spaniel.