Friday, 25 February 2011

The Blackhouse by Peter May

I think most of you know by now that my Dad is the award winning writer Peter May so it will come as no surprise to you that this post is a shameless plug for his new book. (At least this is exciting....waaay better than listening to me going on about the hell that is working with macro's in an excel spreadsheet!)

I am his biggest fan but I am also his harshest critic. This book? Well, I honestly think that this is the best thing he's ever written. I couldn't put it down and, in my humble opinion, it's a must buy for anyone that loves a good book! Don't just take my word for's already reached number 15 in the UK's top 40 bestselling hardback books (it's only been out a couple of weeks!), it's won the prestigious 'Prix des Lecteurs' (readers' prize) at the French Le Havre festival of crime writing (it's been out for a while in France) and it's currently Waterstones book of the month.

This is what it says on the book jacket:

A brutal killing takes place on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland: a land of harsh beauty and inhabitants of deep-rooted faith.

A Murder

Detective Fin Macleod is sent from Edinburgh to investigate. For Lewis-born Macleod, the case represents a journey both home and into his past.

A Secret

Something lurks within the close-knit island community. Something sinister.

A Trap

As Fin investigates, old skeletons begin to surface, and soon he, the hunter, becomes the hunted.

It's described on Amazon as 'a crime novel of rare power and vision'.

You can buy it on Amaxon here or you can download it on Kindle here.....go won't regret it!

(Told you this was a shameless plug but a daughter has to do her bit!)

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

I have a plan.....

So much for all my good blogging intentions eh! Urgh, my last two modules were pretty bloody horrific which is why my poor wee blog (and let's face poor wee life!) has been so neglected!

Honestly, it's one thing to be told that you have to write a 3,500 word essay but it's another thing completely when you discover that the 3,500 word essay is to be written on a topic that was covered in an hour on the very first lecture and none of the recommended reading associated with the module related to what you needed to write about! Seriously, fourteen weeks of teaching and I felt like I knew absolutely nothing about the subject!

The other module, ha, well it lulled you into a false sense of security! Four 1,000 word essays....yep, I can do that! Ahhhh, but it's not just 1,000 need to design and trial a questionnaire....then write 1,000 words on the process (by the time I got to draft 19 of the bloody thing I could have happily set fire to it!), that was followed by a 1,000 word critical analysis of statistical data (OMG that involved a lot of research), a 1,000 word research proposal which will form the basis of my dissertation (so no pressure there then!) and a learning log which involved writing 1,000 words explaining how you went about keeping the log and the actual log itself! The document I handed in was the size of a brick!!! Still, *breathes sigh of relief* that was the last essay of my modules....all six are now done! If I pass (which I will find out in a months time) I will officially have a Postgrad Diploma *crosses fingers*

For my dissertation I am doing a big piece of research around Adults with one or more long-term health conditions who live in Tower Hamlets. NHS Tower Hamlets are doing a strategic review of services and my research will feed the patient perspective into the redesign. The data collection goes live today and I have a plan folks (be very afraid!)....I'm going to do the actual data collection for my dissertation three days a week (give or take), spend one day researching and writing it (it's not due till September) and one day is going to be dedicated to blogging and my art stuff. We'll see how it all goes!

I shall pop over and visit you lovely lot over the next few days :-)