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About Linda Abrahams

Linda has had several careers, most of which have involved education. After having her daughter, she returned to full-time education, studying English Literature and Language at Sheffield University. She went into teaching at secondary and adult level for several years, after which she branched out into business/education links followed by managing learndirect centres.

Since retiring, she has been involved in the early stages of judging the Grace Dieu Writers’ Circle Short Story Competition, which she finds both challenging, due to the high quality of the entries, and hugely enjoyable.

Linda cannot remember learning to read, but knows that she was fluent by the time she began school. She also cannot imagine not having a book to hand and would cheerfully read the corn flakes packet if nothing else were available! She has very catholic taste, from Anglo-Saxon poetry to the 19th C. novel and beyond – at present she is busy reading her daughter’s recommendations, mostly of late 20th and early 21st century writing.

Life After LifeThis is a clever, beautifully constructed novel – some people would say that it was circular, but I see it more as a series of overlapping loops.  Where they touch, the plot changes it’s direction and the life of the protagonist, Ursula, takes a different path, as do the lives of the other characters.  Ursula is born, dies immediately: is born and lives to be five; is born and lives to be twelve; and so on, until she lives out her proper span.

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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Henry Lee, a middle-aged Chinese American, watches in fascination as an old Seattle hotel, boarded up for forty years, is re-opened by its new owners.  In the basement, a startling discovery is made – the belongings, in trunks and suitcases, of Japanese families who had been arrested and incarcerated in camps just after the attack on Pearl Harbour, under suspicion of being enemy spies.

A glimpse of a brightly coloured parasol catapults Henry back to his childhood and to poignant memories.

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