H.S. Chandler

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A former barrister, HS Chandler practised for thirteen years in both family and criminal law. Having extensively prosecuted and defended, she is an avid believer in the right to a fair trial, and in the invaluable role that juries play in the British legal system.

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H.S. Chandler I don't really suffer from writer's block but I sometimes reach a point in a story where I don't know how to resolve a specific issue. Every writer…moreI don't really suffer from writer's block but I sometimes reach a point in a story where I don't know how to resolve a specific issue. Every writer has a different way of dealing with this. For me it's always a very long, very hot bath, cup of tea, some good music (X Ambassadors or Peter Gabriel works best, don't ask me why!) By the end of the bath, I have the answer to the problem, almost without fail. It's a brain reset for me. A longer term issue is getting burned out by writing. I write 2 books a year but I take the summer off to be with my children. Writing books back to back I find draining. I think taking long breaks is key to avoiding writer's block.(less)
H.S. Chandler There are lots of great things about being a writer. For me, it's about ending up doing the thing I feel I was always meant to do. I have the freedom…moreThere are lots of great things about being a writer. For me, it's about ending up doing the thing I feel I was always meant to do. I have the freedom to create my world as I like - both practically and creatively. I write when my children are at school, but sometimes I get up in the middle of the night and write for two hours. I stop when I like, as long as I make up the time. I can go for lunch with friends and finish my word count at the weekend. Writers are lucky like that. But you always have the deadline clock ticking in the back of your brain. The book has to get written some time! I love world building. If I can see a place and people who fascinate me, I get to make them from nothing. I can make them the way I want, good or bad. I can bring them to life in other people's heads. It's a privilege. Also literary festivals. My favourite perk of being a writer is appearing on panels. It's such good fun.(less)
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Degrees of Guilt

4.37 avg rating — 443 ratings — published 2019 — 6 editions
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It’s Time We (Really) Talked About Rape {TRIGGER warning for those sensitive to this subject]

We do reference rape, of course. Now more than ever before. The rise of the #MeToo movement has started a conversation that was long overdue, but it’s only scratching the surface. We still hold back the details. Who wants such harsh realities in their heads as they commute to work, unwind after a long shift, or lie on a beach? We’re talking around the subject of rape, but I don’t think we’re re... Read more of this blog post »
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H.S. Chandler and 2 other people liked Debbie's review of Degrees of Guilt:
Degrees of Guilt by H.S. Chandler
"This one was such a surprise! Soon after we open we find Maria, has tried to kill her husband. She has even admitted to doing just that. 

Through the trial we get to know the backstory with her and her husband and what led to the attack..." Read more of this review »
Degrees of Guilt by H.S. Chandler
"Maria is standing over the body of her husband of 20 years, broken chair leg in hand, his head bashed in. She immediately phones the police and tells them "I've killed my husband". She is arrested but refuses to say anymore.

At Maria's..." Read more of this review »
Perfect Kill by Helen Sarah Fields
"Having read the previous books in the series I was pleased to receive this ARC. I think this series is getting better and better, the last two have been absolute belters. The central characters are DCI Luc (Mr Dishy) Callenach and DCS Ava Turner f..." Read more of this review »
Perfect Kill by Helen Sarah Fields
"Gripping Read ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Whilst Perfect Kill is book 6 of the DI Callanach series, if you've not read any of the previous books in this collection, it will not effect your reading of this book, as refers to a series including this character/detective an..." Read more of this review »
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The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
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A beautifully constructed view into the inner world of Gilead. Not too plot focussed, but written with affection and tenderness, very cleverly, showing that you can forge an attachment to the most brutal of regimes if it's all you've ever known or wh ...more
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" Jacqueline wrote: "I loved your book Degrees of Guilt and I literally felt like I was being taken back in a small way to a part of my life. For health ...more "
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