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Maya Panika

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I lived in Havana for 10 years, a freelance journalist accredited to CBS news, The Economist and The Daily and Sunday Telegraph and a major contributor to a series of travel guides and TV shows; my news, features and columns have appeared across the English-speaking world. When a series of articles in The Economist inspired the Cubans ask me to leave and return nevermore, I turned in desperation to writing comedy for the BBC and a novel, Entanglement, now published.

I live in England, on a wild and windy moor, in sheepshagger country. I smell of dust, old books and bluebells. I love books, comedy, fantasy, gardening, and all things earthy. Make me laugh and I'll be your friend forever.

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– an advance review for a book due to be published on 11th February 2016.


SwansThe very strange tale of Mr Crowe, his mute ward Clara, his powerful adversaries and his loyal servant Eustace. Told almost entirely from Eustace’s point of view, The Maker of Swans is Gothic, dark, strange – when is it set? At times it feels like the distant past, at others, very contemporar...

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“Libraries are full of ghosts, books being the most haunted things of all.”
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“The mirror had no power. The mirror was just a piece of silvered glass; the enchantment was all in me.”
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Making Connections: 605. ENTANGLEMENT by Maya Panika 2 19 Nov 07, 2012 03:24PM  
“There is geometry in the humming of the strings. There is music in the spacing of the spheres. ”

“There are worlds out there where the sky is burning, where the sea's asleep and the rivers dream, people made of smoke and cities made of song. Somewhere there's danger, somewhere there's injustice and somewhere else the tea is getting cold. Come on, Ace, we've got work to do.”
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“If you knew what was going to happen, if you knew everything that was going to happen next—if you knew in advance the consequences of your own actions—you'd be doomed. You'd be ruined as God. You'd be a stone. You'd never eat or drink or laugh or get out of bed in the morning. You'd never love anyone, ever again. You'd never dare to.”
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Scribble Orca Happy New Year, Maya - all the best for 2014!

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Maya Panika Always good to make a new friend. You're welcome to visit my lair any time, though I should warn you, it's rather a mess and the carpet is a bit sticky.

message 16: by Kris

Kris Thank you so much for the friend request, Maya! You're welcome in my lair anytime. :)

message 15: by Maya

Maya Panika It was... (exits to check) The Universe Versus Alex Woods. Not that it matters, really. Hello anyway, always nice to meet new friends.

Anna  (Bananas!) Your pic is familiar....I can't remember which review it was. But no matter. Always happy for more GR friends. :)

message 13: by Maya

Maya Panika Scribble - looking forward to getting to know you!

Scribble Orca Maya - so looking forward to us sharing books together. Thank for the request :)

message 11: by Maya

Maya Panika Hello Lady Danielle!

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Maya Panika Looking forward to getting to know you and getting some great ideas and recs!

~ Becs ~ Hey Maya - thanks for the friend invite. Looking forward to talking books with you!

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Maya Panika In response to a question from Shovelmonkey1 - I was comparing myself to Samuel Pepys; I too would bury my cheese to protect it, if called upon to do so.

I do like cheese. I'm eating some now!

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Maya Panika We must all stick together and keep shovels at the ready. ::nods::

Shovelmonkey1 Cheese lovers of the world unite!

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Maya Panika Lesa wrote: "Hey, thanks for the friend request! Have a great rest of the weekend!"
Ah... Only 5 and a half hours of it left! :) Nice to meet you.

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Maya Panika Stuti wrote: "Hi GillyP. Nice to meet you."
And to meet you, too.

message 2: by Maya

Maya Panika Stuti wrote: "Hi GillyP. Nice to meet you."
And you too!

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Stuti Hi GillyP. Nice to meet you.

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