Charles Heathcote

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Charles Heathcote has always lived in Macclesfield and very rarely leaves. Since 2011 he has been secretary to the Macclesfield Creative Writing Group. In 2013 he graduated from MMU Cheshire with a BA in Creative Writing.

He is the author of Our Doris and its sequel Indisputably Doris, northern comedy novels featuring the protagonist Mrs Doris Copeland.

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I'd also say to learn all of the rules. Every single writer has different rules for their writing. Once you've learned them, break them, figure out for yourself what rules you want to apply to your own prose.

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Average rating: 4.19 · 36 ratings · 21 reviews · 2 distinct worksSimilar authors
Our Doris

4.21 avg rating — 28 ratings — published 2015 — 2 editions
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Indisputably Doris

4.13 avg rating — 8 ratings2 editions
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Charles and 5 other people liked Dane Cobain's review of Indisputably Doris:
Indisputably Doris by Charles Heathcote
"This is the second book in Heathcote’s Doris series, and I loved this one just as much as I loved the last one, if not more so. Here, septuagenarian Doris Copeland faces competition at the local Women’s Institute and her long-suffering husband ‘ar..." Read more of this review »
Indisputably Doris by Charles Heathcote
"Loved this. Very funny and very English northern character. Would recommend! Can’t wait for the next one!"
Indisputably Doris by Charles Heathcote
"Another 4.5 read for me. This book is just as much fun as the first book. I loved that this book really allowed the reader to connect more with Doris and her family and friends. The plot was just as comedic as the first book as well as being a thi..." Read more of this review »
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Neil Gaiman
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
Neil Gaiman, Coraline

Kristin Cashore
“I'm not going to wear a red dress," she said.
"It would look stunning, My Lady," she called.
She spoke to the bubbles gathered on the surface of the water. "If there's anyone I wish to stun at dinner, I'll hit him in the face.”
Kristin Cashore, Graceling

E.E. Cummings
“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It's always our self we find in the sea.”
e.e. cummings, 100 Selected Poems

Margaret Atwood
“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”
Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad

Jhumpa Lahiri
“That's the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.”
Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake

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