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Frances Vick

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The only child of parents who worked at a top security psychiatric hospital, Frances Vick grew up receiving disquieting notes and presents from the inmates. Expelled from school, she spent the next few years on the dole, augmenting her income by providing security and crewing for gigs, and being a medical experiment guinea pig. Later jobs included working in a theatre in Manhattan, teaching English in Japanese Junior High Schools, and being a life model in Italy, before coming back to London and working with young offenders and refugees. Chinaski is her first novel. Her second, Bad Little Girl is out in February 2017

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Frances Vick Don't wait for inspiration, inspiration comes while you work. Write every day, be honest with yourself and when you're happy with something and/or…moreDon't wait for inspiration, inspiration comes while you work. Write every day, be honest with yourself and when you're happy with something and/or need advice, give it to someone whose taste you trust to have a look at it. Expect criticism, develop and thick skin. Read as much as you can and keep a notrebook.(less)
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Bad Little Girl

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4.09 avg rating — 32 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
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Frances Vick and 7 other people liked Sandra's review of Bad Little Girl:
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"*Received a copy from Netgalley*

There's an overall feeling of creepiness and darkness to this story. I never knew which characters to trust and, honestly, didn't really like any of them. Thank goodness you don't have to like the characters to enjo..." Read more of this review »
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"Lorna Bell is 8 years old. Kids that age don't notice the dirty clothes, shoes that don't quite fit, uncombed hair and the bruises. But they do know a thief when they see one. Not everyone likes Lorna at all.

Claire Penny is a teacher. She's a trul..." Read more of this review »
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"You have to read it to believe it. Really, this was my first book of 2017 and I am so glad I read it. This is one of those stories that will make you doubt everything you think you know. You never know who to believe or what is going to happen nex..." Read more of this review »
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The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
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What an insane, nasty little book this is! Brilliant!
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Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
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If you love Nabokov (I love Nabokov), then this is the most Nabokov-y book you could imagine. If you don't, then leave it well alone. I read it every couple of years and it's always revelatory . It's a complete waste of time trying to give a summary ...more
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" Glad t hear it! It's my first novel, and it's so great to know that people are reading and liking it, cheers! "
" I'd love to be interviewed about my debut novel Chinaski.
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" Ok. It's not free, but it is good. My first novel, Chinaski, is gathering up 5 star reviews on both sides of the Altantic. Have a look: ...more "
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“Keep your confidence up. Read. Mostly though, you have to sit down each day for a few hours and write whether you feel like it or not - don't wait for inspiration. Writing is a job. Do your research. All that research will give your novel an edge, because you know what you're writing about, it will be authentic. Expect disappointment - your manuscript WILL be rejected - you'll have to develop a thick skin. But if you stick with it and write with honesty, energy and originality, you'll succeed.”
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“Maybe your mind waits until you’re safe to process all the unsafe memories?”
Frances Vick, Liars

“When you’ve experienced abuse, it’s very difficult to understand safety, permanence, comfort. When you’ve experienced abuse, it colours everything, alters your perceptions. To this day I can’t, hand on heart, say I feel safe.”
Frances Vick, Liars

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