Kathy Sharp

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Kathy Sharp lives by the sea in Weymouth, Dorset. She is a prolific writer of short fiction, and song lyrics for local choir Island Voices, and is the author of the Larus Series of novels, inspired by the dramatic scenery of the Jurassic Coast. Whales and Strange Stars is the first book in her new Wych Ferry Series.
Kathy says: "When I first began writing fiction, I asked myself what exactly it was I wanted to write. The answer came back, 'Something magical!' The result was three novels about the not-quite-real Isle of Larus. Since then, I have looked for that sense of the magical in all my writing."
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Kathy Sharp Not a couple in the traditional sense, perhaps, but my favourite would be Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, from Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin novel…moreNot a couple in the traditional sense, perhaps, but my favourite would be Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, from Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin novels. The enduring friendship, and occasional animosity, between these two makes fascinating reading. It strikes me as a true portrait of a relationship between very different individuals, and I have enjoyed exploring that theme in my own novels.(less)
Kathy Sharp I don't feel specially vulnerable in either, Jason. But I do think most fiction writers find they can explore difficult subjects more easily through t…moreI don't feel specially vulnerable in either, Jason. But I do think most fiction writers find they can explore difficult subjects more easily through their characters than they might speaking as themselves. It allows you to examine both sides of a question without necessarily taking sides.(less)
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Isle of Larus

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Sea of Clouds

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Grass Shoots by Jane Bwye
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Grass Shoots is a delightful story with much to tell the reader about the way of life of the people in Kenya. Built around a romance, the tale weaves in the author’s extensive knowledge and understanding of African politics, tribalism, the role of we ...more
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The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna  Cannon
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This is a tricky one to review. I'm old enough to remember both 1967 and the hot summer of 1976, and this book didn't take me back to either. It wasn't a bad read, exactly - but the writing style was horribly over-the-top in places. And the mystery a ...more
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Capability Brown and the Eighteenth-Century English Landscape by Roger Turner
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This book covers the history of landscape gardening (not just Brown himself) as the style developed, setting it in context. The great man’s career is covered in detail, with comprehensive descriptions of the principal gardens he worked on, as well as ...more
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How to Read Gardens by Lorraine Harrison
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Every garden contains a selection of planting styles and features – and every successive owner of that garden will change it according both to the dictates of fashion and to personal preference. Most gardens, then, contain a mixture of ancient and mo ...more
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Walden by Henry David Thoreau
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To the modern reader, accustomed to read books full of excitement and fast-changing plots, this book seems to fall in no particular order and to contain no plot at all. And certainly no excitement. Moreover, Thoreau’s philosophies come across as both ...more
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The Plant Hunters by Will Musgrave
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This book provides a steady guide through 200 years of plant hunting around the world. Well-illustrated, and with helpful maps of – for me – unfamiliar regions, it also lists the best known plant introductions of each plant hunter, taking the story r ...more
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The Plant Hunters by Carolyn Fry
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This sumptuously illustrated book gives a broad overview of the history of plant-hunting. The telling details are well-chosen, but the chapters are short, and I was left wanting more. If you are new to the subject this book is a good place to start, ...more
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The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf
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I was slightly disappointed in this book to begin with – it seemed to lack the flowing prose of the author’s The Brother Gardeners which I enjoyed so much. Having said that, the story of Alexander von Humboldt was full of telling detail and meticulou ...more
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The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf
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Oscar Wilde
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
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“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”
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Dorothy Parker
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Razors pain you,
Rivers are damp,
Acids stain you,
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren't lawful,
Nooses give,
Gas smells awful.
You might as well live.”
Dorothy Parker, Enough Rope

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