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Ruby Soames

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Ruby Soames is a UK-US writer and university lecturer. She lives in France with her two children and journalist husband. Her first novel, 'Seven Days to Tell You' was published as a result of the Hookline Novel Competition 2010. It also won the People's Book Prize, Winter 2011. 'Mothers, Fathers & Lovers' is her second novel.


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Ruby Soames Write through it. If the sparkle's really gone, I do something completely different like paint a room, varnish some stones, bake a cake - something…moreWrite through it. If the sparkle's really gone, I do something completely different like paint a room, varnish some stones, bake a cake - something physical, something creative.(less)
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I thought life got simpler as one got older. I was wrong. My fantasy of writing novels from a remote, little cottage with cats and calm is very far from my deadlines, drama and debt-driven decisions. This year has been particularly challenging so it was particularly wonderful and uplifting to find myself winning second prize in the The Short Story Competition, an international short-story compe... Read more of this blog post »
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“Just kidding' was exactly what people wrote when they meant every word.”
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Caitlin Moran
“If you want to know what's in motherhood for you, as a woman, then - in truth - it's nothing you couldn't get from, say, reading the 100 greatest books in human history; learning a foreign language well enough to argue in it; climbing hills; loving recklessly; sitting quietly, alone, in the dawn; drinking whisky with revolutionaries; learning to do close-hand magic; swimming in a river in winter; growing foxgloves, peas and roses; calling your mum; singing while you walk; being polite; and always, always helping strangers. No one has ever claimed for a moment that childless men have missed out on a vital aspect of their existence, and were the poorer, and crippled by it.”
Caitlin Moran, How to Be a Woman

May Sarton
“We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.”
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Philippe Claudel
“It's always been difficult for me to speak and express my innermost thoughts. I prefer to write. When I sit down and write, words grow very docile, they come and feed out of my hand like little birds, and I can do almost what I want with them; whereas when I try to marshal them in open air, they fly away from me.”
Philippe Claudel, Brodeck

Nadezhda Mandelstam
“I decided it is better to scream. Silence is the real crime against humanity.”
Nadezhda Mandelstam, Hope Against Hope

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