Sugar And Snails

I was completing a questionnaire the other day and one on the list was who inspired me to take up blogging. That would be Anne Goodwin who I met on a writer’s course a couple of years before. We bonded over long late night chats, the absurdities of our respective professions and our mutual determination to write that book that had been itching to emerge. Later she began her blogging odyssey, I subscribed and wondered at the confidence and quality of her contents. It was inspiring but could I…? Little me..?

‘Get on with it,’ was essentially her message and so, six years ago, off I went. And I’ve really not looked back.

Neither of us have. She wrote that book, me too. Hers remains a stellar debut and was shortlisted for the 2016 Polari First Book Prize. Sugar and Snails is tremendous, both character and plot driven and a compelling read. Not an easy one; the subject matter is one that strikes at the emotions at so many levels, but you won’t regret joining Diana on her journey.

I was lucky; I got to see it during several iterations, from the merely good to the distinguished and delightful work it is today. And the good news is you can enjoy it to by joining in during Freebie February (I made that up).

Basically sign up to her newsletter below and you can have it free during February. Truly you won’t regret it. If you’d like a taste this is the blurb:

At fifteen, she made a life-changing decision. Thirty years on, it’s time to make another.

When Diana escaped her misfit childhood, she thought she’d chosen the easier path. But the past lingers on, etched beneath her skin, and life won’t be worth living if her secret gets out.

As an adult, she’s kept other people at a distance… until Simon sweeps in on a cloud of promise and possibility. But his work is taking him to Cairo, the city that transformed her life. She’ll lose Simon if she doesn’t join him. She’ll lose herself if she does.

Sugar and Snails charts Diana’s unusual journey, revealing the scars from her fight to be true to herself. A triumphant mid-life coming-of-age story about bridging the gap between who we are and who we feel we ought to be.

Anne is the author of two novels and a short story collection. Her next novel will be out later in the year. Meanwhile to read for free her debut novel, Sugar and Snails about a woman who has kept her past identity a secret for thirty years you must subscribe to her newsletter: 

Go on, you know it makes sense!

And here are the social media linkies for you. Try her blog, too.



Twitter @Annecdotist.

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YouTube: Anne Goodwin’s YouTube channel

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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35 Responses to Sugar And Snails

  1. This sounds interesting, thank you!

    Liked by 3 people

  2. noelleg44 says:

    Lovely review, Geoff. Sounds like a winner!

    Liked by 3 people

  3. Darlene says:

    Sounds like a good read. Thanks for introducing Anne to us.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Anne Goodwin says:

    Thanks for sharing so generously, Geoff, and you know what I’m nagging about next! I’m so glad you’re enjoying blogging and as ever I’m in awe of your productivity. You’re one of the blogosphere’s shining stars.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. L.K. Latham says:

    You convinced me. Just sighed up for newsletter.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Great post Geoff and a generous offer from Anne – sounds like you both benefited from your meeting.. x

    Liked by 2 people

  7. willowdot21 says:

    It does sound very interesting. Thank you Geoff.💜💜

    Liked by 2 people

  8. An excellent advocacy

    Liked by 2 people

  9. Pam Lazos says:

    Thanks for the review, Geoff. Anne’s book sounds most intriguing!

    Liked by 2 people

  10. Norah says:

    Great post, Geoff. And I was lucky (honoured) enough to meet you both while in London. You’ve both been much published since then. I’m still languishing. One day …
    Congratulations to both of you on your successes.

    Liked by 3 people

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