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Maggie Alderson

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Maggie Alderson is a British-Australian author (that’s how I’m supposed to write it, but I’m not very good at talking about myself in the third person, so I’m going to can it).

I was born in London, brought up in rural Staffordshire, and educated at the University of St Andrews - and then at the University of Life, Sydney campus.

I spent many years covering the fashion shows in Paris, Milan, London etc which is the best people watching ever (I had to remind myself to look at the models…).

An obsessed bookworm since childhood, all I wanted to do from the age of six was write books. I also hoovered up every magazine and newspaper I could lay my hands on and by the time I was a teenager was determined to edit a magazine and be a newspaper colu
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Maggie Alderson Anything by the wonderful Dorothy Whipple. And I'm re-reading I, Claudius, by Robert Graves, because I'm going to Mallorca, where he lived.…moreAnything by the wonderful Dorothy Whipple. And I'm re-reading I, Claudius, by Robert Graves, because I'm going to Mallorca, where he lived.(less)
Maggie Alderson Drink too much tea, eat too many biscuits, angst and agonise, play music by David Bowie. If it gets unbearable I leave my office. Having a walk, or br…moreDrink too much tea, eat too many biscuits, angst and agonise, play music by David Bowie. If it gets unbearable I leave my office. Having a walk, or browsing a few shops can lift the gag. (less)
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Beautifully written, but so dismal. I couldn’t finish it. And no plot whatsoever, just a series of descriptions of unhappy lives. I don’t understand why depressing books win so many prizes.
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“Men are appalling.. We never really grow up, well not on the inside. It's all just an act. Don't ever trust men, we're dreadful. Enjoy us, use us, abuse us, but never trust us." - HAM”
Maggie Alderson, Cents And Sensibility

“A cherry tree was coming into bloom, shooting out a froth of sugar-pink blossoms. She could see from its size and the gnarled branches that it was a mature tree, yet still capable of putting on such a wonderful show.
A new beginning every spring, even from an old tree.”
Maggie Alderson, The Scent of You

“Then there is my current reality, the smells that are constants in my life: lemon slices and fresh ginger, the sharp tannin and milky contrast of builder's tea, and the slightly sickly green scent of freshly cut flower stems. And not forgetting the classic ingredients of the chypre base of so many of my favorite perfumes- bergamot, oakmoss, patchouli and labdanum (rock rose)- which I'm finding so reassuring in this time of transition.”
Maggie Alderson, The Scent of You

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“There never was such a goose. Bob said he didn’t believe there ever was such a goose cooked. Its tenderness and flavour, size and cheapness, were the themes of universal admiration. Eked out by apple-sauce and mashed potatoes, it was a sufficient dinner for the whole family; indeed, as Mrs. Cratchit said with great delight (surveying one small atom of a bone upon the dish), they hadn’t ate it all at last!”
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol




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