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From fact to fiction

Posted by Yvonne Barlow on Tuesday, February 28, 2017,
Fact is often stranger than fiction. This may be a cliche, but what is true is that fact is often the basis for good fiction. 
The challenges of long-term space travel formed the basis of The Martian - an amazing book and film. 
C.J. Sansom's Shardlake series is so mired in historic detail of the day we can smell the horse dung. And Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall, well, we know how deep she loves to dig when it comes to fact.
And so it goes on.
For me, The Independent Enquiry into Child Sexual Abuse ...
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We must battle creatively, normal protest won't work

Posted by Yvonne Barlow on Thursday, February 2, 2017,
I'm a publisher not a politician but, like many of you, I'm concerned about Donald Trump. I could call him so many names but so many people are doing that already. And it's too easy and leads nowhere.
The problem with Trump is that he's no ordinary politician, and ordinary tactics of debate and protest don't work. He's a bully and cares nothing for the ordinary guy no matter what he says. It's difficult to tell what his aim is - profit, influence or simply world domination.
I just returned from...
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Why Travel Solo?

Posted by Yvonne Barlow on Wednesday, January 11, 2017,

Why not?

Many people want to travel but, when they raise the topic among family and friends, they don’t hear enthusiasm. Instead, there are excuses like, “Oh, yes, I would love to go to Borneo, Brisbane, Bali, but…we need a new garden fence, a new car, I don’t like foreign food, don’t want vaccinations, hate flying…”

There is always an excuse. Some people say they want to travel but, let’s face it, they will never get around to it. My question is why should you wait for oth...


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Put down your phone and watch people

Posted by Yvonne Barlow on Monday, January 9, 2017,
I love travel - whether it is on a local bus or a long-haul flight, travel gives me the chance to watch people. However, I'm amazed at how many people gaze into their mobile phones rather than ponder the stream of humanity that passes them by. We can read so much about strangers' lives - or at least I can.
The group of three on a train - two girls and a boy. One girl starts to crack her water bottle loudly whenever her friend talks to the boy - is she trying to drown out her friend's words? I...
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Yvonne Barlow Editor and people watcher. I love non-fiction and the ex-journalist in me believes a good novel can never match the human story.

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