Welcome to the website for Tara Hanks, author of The Mmm Girl and Wicked Baby.
My review of Katharine Quarmby‘s brilliant No Place to Call Home: Gypsies, Travellers and the Road Beyond Dale Farm is posted at For Books’ Sake today.
Wishing you all a happy Halloween – and for the occasion, I’ve explored how women writers have transformed our ideas about witches over at For Books’ Sake.
All good bookworms not currently living under a rock will be aware that Donna Tartt‘s third novel, The Goldfinch, is published today – after an eleven-year hiatus, In celebration, I’ve updated my profile of Ms Tartt at For Books’ Sake. (I also run an unofficial Facebook page over here.)
An interview with Stuart P. Coates, the Canadian author of three science fiction novels (two of which feature a time-travelling Marilyn Monroe.) Continue Reading »
Posted in Books, Fiction, Interviews | Tagged Abraham Lincoln, Arthur Miller, Canada, John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn's Mindset, Mark Twain, Norma Jeane's Wishes In Time, Norman Mailer, Ray Bradbury, Science Fiction, Stuart P. Coates, Time Travel, Whispers Across Time | Leave a Comment »
My review of Slavery Inc: The Untold Story of International Sex Trafficking, by the remarkable Lydia Cacho, is published today at For Books’ Sake.
Posted in Art and Photography, History, Profumo Affair, Wicked Baby | Tagged 1960s, Barry Humphries, Beyond the Fringe, Bradford, Christine Keeler, Dame Edna Everage, Edina Ronay, Jean Shrimpton, Joe Orton, Lewis Morley, National Media Museum, Private Eye, Profumo Affair, Wicked Baby | 1 Comment »
Lord Denning’s report on the Profumo Affair was published fifty years this week. Though dismissed as a government whitewash, its steamy topic made this official enquiry an unlikely bestseller. At the same time, a very different version was unfolding in the pages of a new satirical magazine, Private Eye. This is the subject of Colin Shindler’s radio play, Rumours. Continue Reading »
Posted in History, Profumo Affair, Radio, Theatre, Wicked Baby | Tagged BBC, Christine Keeler, Christopher Booker, Colin Shindler, Harold Macmillan, John Profumo, Private Eye, Profumo Affair, Radio 4, Richard Ingrams, Rumours, Satire, Stephen Ward, Timothy Bligh, Wicked Baby, Willie Rushton | Leave a Comment »