Shadows on the Grass by Misha M Herwin #blogtour #novel #newfiction

A good review and some very insightful questions. Thanks Jan.

Jan Edwards

Latest CoverWhen Misha Herwin asked me to take part in her blog tour for Shadows on the Grass I was more than delighted.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  It covers an awful lot of ground, not merely in time and space but also in the political and social issues.  And if that were not enough to keep me on the edge of your seat Misha also slides a time-slip element into the mix, which raises the tensions beyond the usual family saga.

With all that in mind I posed a few questions for Misha to enlarge upon.

JE: Tell us a little about yourself.

ScribeMH: I’m Misha Herwin and I write books for adults and for children. I’ve also written plays, which have been performed professionally, as well as in schools, and had a number of short stories published in various anthologies in the UK and US; including The Way to…

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#Friday Favourites: Prussian Blue by Philip Kerr

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Bernie Gunther is a classic anti-hero. Subversive, sly with a keenly developed sense of self preservation, which enables him to survive as a policeman in Hitler’s Germany. Trapped by the system, he finds himself in a situation where he has to work for people he recognises as unrelentingly evil.

After the war however he is free to take up a job at the Grand Hotel Cap Ferrat, until his past catches up with him and he falls foul of the East German Secret Police.

The novel then moves between the action in 1956 when Bernie has to escape his pursuers and find his way back to West Germany and the murder case he was drafted to solve at the Berghof, Hitler’s summer hideaway in the Bavarian Alps in 1939.

The narrative moves seamlessly between the two, evoking a sense of period, place and peril. The pace is relentless, Bernie’s view of leading Nazis such as Heydrich and Borman illuminating. The novel is dark, set shot through with Bernie’s black humour and his analysis of his motives, and those of others, as well as his comments on the current events of his time give “Prussian Blue” depth and historical perspective.

When I first came across the series, I wasn’t sure I wanted to read thrillers set in Nazi Germany. After the first book, I was completely converted.  I love the darkness, the moral ambiguity, the vividness of time and place and of course Bernie Gunther himself. Highly recommended.

 

 

Shadows On The Grass by @MishaHerwin #LaunchDay #BookReview @penkhullpress

A great review for launch day. Thank you Kerry.

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Happy launch day, Misha Herwin 🙂

Shadows On The Grass

My review…..

Shadows On The Grass is a fascinating read.

Set in the 1960’s, in Bristol, it centres around cousins Marianna and Mimi as well as Hannah, Mimi’s daughter. Born in to the same Polish family, but with very different upbringings, Marianna and Mimi have a love/hate relationship. Marianna had everything Mimi craved; wealth, status and especially the love of her mother. They are close throughout their lives, but there’s an underlying resentment between the two of them and I was keen to find out why.

Mimi is quite distant with Hannah. I really warmed to Hannah and felt quite sorry for her. She craves the love of her mother, never really ever feeling good enough, and it seems a shame that Mimi didn’t learn from her own mothers mistakes and try to be different with her daughters. As the story progresses though we…

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Book Review: Shadows on the Grass by Misha M. Herwin

My first review for “Shadows on the Grass”. Thank you Cathy.

What Cathy Read Next...

ShadowsontheGrassAbout the Book

Every family has its secrets. In the nineteen-sixties Bristol, seventeen-year-old Kate is torn between the new sexual freedom and her rigid Catholic upbringing. Her parents have high expectations of her. She, however, is determined to lead her own life.  Mimi, her grandmother, is dying. In her final hours, Mimi’s cousin, the Princess, keeps watch at her bedside. Born in the same month, in the same year, the two women are bound by their past and a terrible betrayal.

Meanwhile, caught between the generations, Mimi’s daughter Hannah struggles to come to come to terms with her relationship with her mother, and struggles to keep the peace between her daughter and her husband. She too must find her own way in a land foreign to her, in a new post-war world, where the old certainties have gone and everything she knows has been swept away.

Format: ebook (220 pp.)                

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Count Down…

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Ten, nine, eight…only three more days ‘til launch day. On January 11th my novel “Shadows on the Grass” will be launched as an e-book. The past few months have been busy editing, re-editing, blogging, tweeting and sending out newsletters. I’ve been in touch with bloggers and reviewers and am very grateful to all of you who have agreed to host a blog tour, or write a review.

There’s an event scheduled on Facebook for the evening of the 11th but otherwise there is not much left to do. These next few days will be ones of anticipation and not a little nervousness.

Launching a book is like sending a child out into the world. You hope you’ve done everything to prepare them but there is still that underlying thread of concern. Will they be all right? Will they cope? What will they do if things go wrong? And in the case of a novel, will people like it?

Still, like the process of childbirth itself, there comes a moment when there is no going back. You’re committed and that’s it.

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So “Shadows on the Grass” out you go and to quote my favourite Vulcan “Live long and prosper.”

 

Happy New Year

 

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Bristol Impressions 2018 Calendar. Cath Read “Severn Beach Line.”

New Year’s Day and a time for making resolutions…or not. I must admit that this is a habit I broke years ago, because it did not work for me. I’d make up my mind to do x, or not to do y and I’d feel really good about it, but I wasn’t going to start immediately, I was going to start tomorrow, or next week, or on Monday.

In our house, when I was growing up Mum’s mantra was “Diet always starts tomorrow.” She had, or thought she had, a problem with her weight and was always trying new ways to lose it. She always started with great enthusiasm which might last a few days, or even a week or too but which always petered out in the end and left her sometimes slimmer, sometimes not. Her resolution and determination had made no difference whatsoever because she had not changed either her attitude to food, or her life style.

And this is the problem starting tomorrow. It promises much but does not deliver. It can infinitely be put off, life can get in the way, stuff happens etc. etc. but there is always the next tomorrow, which of course never comes.

We live in today, in NOW, that’s all we have. If we want to change, we have to change now. It’s not necessarily easy, but it can be done. Three weeks, apparently, is the optimum time to inculcate a new habit, but only if you start and don’t keep putting it off.

I’m not going to announce what I’ve decided to do. I’m simply doing it and soon, I hope, it will be a seamless part of my life.

So, to quote Stephen Guise “Tomorrow is not your friend.” If you want to read more then the link is here.

Happy New Year!

 

 

17 from 17

Tim Diggles

Well to be truthful, 21 from 17. It’s that time of year to look back at the past year and I have chosen a few photographs, which I would say are photographs I planned to make, had a good idea of what I wanted and what would be the outcome. There is of course an element of the found when photographing an event like Workers’ Still Life or Nelken Line, but the ones below are ones I had prepared for and had in mind; the landscapes are taken at times and in places where I knew what the light and effects would be,  such as the Edges project planned for my visit to Cornwall. I was really honoured and delighted to take portrait photographs for Alice Cunningham’s Let By for Festival Stoke, to work with The Cultural Sisters, and take many hundreds of portraits for The Face of Stoke-on-Trent. I…

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