Category Archives: Anyone’s Game – my latest novel

A Modernist Woman

Alexander Archipenko (1887-1964) is for me the artist who invented Modernist Woman. This fabulous image is taken from his sketchbooks c.1920. What’s the difference between a modern woman and a Modernist woman? See the protagonist of my novel Anyone’s Game. … Continue reading

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A Russian Madame Bovary in Scotland?

Any woman novelist who writes about adultery has to hate Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. The French writer’s novel of 1859 is a masterpiece of nineteenth-century realism, but its attitude to ‘the fallen woman’ as used to be said is contemptuous. Lydia … Continue reading

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A Woman in the World of The Thirty-Nine Steps

Happily Sophie Asmus, a woman not made for a part in John Buchan’s The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915), didn’t stay in Constantinople long in my novel Anyone’s Game. If she overlapped with Buchanesque figures on the Bosphorus that was because it … Continue reading

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Like Tin Cans Tied to a Tricycle

The quote is from a review by Adam Mars-Jones of Michael Cunningham’s novel By Nightfall. You can find the reference in this autumn’s edition of The Author, the journal of The Society of Authors. The critic wasn’t happy about too … Continue reading

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