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Bronwyn Elsmore

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When Bronwyn was about ten, she wrote to Author Enid Blyton telling her she was going to be a writer too. She kept to her plan and that’s been her occupation since – she admits it’s a fair while now.

Over that time she has been an advertising copywriter, freelancer, contract writer, editor, education writer, playwright, writing mentor and tutor, and an academic writer during the years she was also an academic. She has won awards for several forms of writing - particularly short stories and plays.

Of the genres she has written – fiction, non-fiction, radio stories, articles, humour, books, short stories, plays, novels – she now most enjoys writing fiction. Short stories have always been a favourite, but currently she is having a renewed love

    After I wrote and posted the piece How fast should one saunter? (this blog 16 March 2018) someone wrote to me and said she noticed that characters in books also meander a lot. 
    I hadn’t noticed that so much, but I’ll watch for it in future to see if, when it occurs, it’s appropriate to the context.
    I hope so, because I have no problem with people meandering if that’s their intention a... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on May 24, 2018 18:30
Average rating: 4.36 · 101 ratings · 48 reviews · 10 distinct works
Every Five Minutes

4.25 avg rating — 53 ratings — published 2012 — 4 editions
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Seventeen Seas

4.58 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
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Backwards Into The Future

4.78 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 2015
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Like Them That Dream

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Mana from Heaven: A Century...

4.40 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 1999 — 3 editions
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Backwards Into the Future

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Te Kohititanga Marama

4.50 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 1998
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Religio Nz: A Guide To Reli...

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it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 2006
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David Wind is an author I’ve read before, in other genres – fantasy sci-fi, and thrillers. This one is contemporary, literary – a very human and moving story of a man trying to cope with one of the worst tests that life can throw at you.
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"Backwards Into The Future - It's evocative. It gave me goosebumps! And it is compelling and gentle. Simply put - I loved it. "
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"Mary must be my age group as her story growing up in New Zealand so replicates my own with many things being so familiar. It was like travelling back in time for me. I loved the simple, gentle way in which the story is told. This book will make my..." Read more of this review »
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I reread this because of others’ comments earlier in the challenge. I remembered it as a rather drear r
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Re-read decades after the first time. Remembered vivid descriptions, and admired them again.
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Daniel Pennac
“Reader's Bill of Rights

1. The right to not read

2. The right to skip pages

3. The right to not finish

4. The right to reread

5. The right to read anything

6. The right to escapism

7. The right to read anywhere

8. The right to browse

9. The right to read out loud

10. The right to not defend your tastes”
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William W. Purkey
“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth.”
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Barbara W. Tuchman
“Books are the carriers of civilization...They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.”
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Jenny Joseph
“When I am an old woman I shall wear purple. With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.”
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Frederick Douglass
“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
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