Welcome to the website for Tara Hanks, author of The Mmm Girl and Wicked Baby.
My review of Layla, the second novel by Brighton-based author Nina De La Mer, is posted at For Books’ Sake.
You can read my review of The Right of the Subjects, Jude Starling’s new novel about the Women’s Suffrage movement, at For Books’ Sake.
Set in London and Belfast, and with a nod to Jane Eyre, Lucy Caldwell‘s All the Beggars Riding was one of my favourite novels of 2013. Ahead of the paperback release, you can read my review at For Books’ Sake.
Sex, Lies and A Very British Scapegoat was first broadcast on ITV1 on December 22nd, 2013. Presented by the composer and theatrical impresario, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, the documentary marks the end of a year’s reflection on the Profumo Affair, half a century after the first scandal erupted. Focussing on one man’s downfall, the programme also coincides with the opening of Stephen Ward: The Musical. Continue Reading »
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Born on this day in 1820, Anne Brontë – author of Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - has sometimes been overshadowed by her sisters, but was a great novelist, poet and social critic in her own right. You can read my tribute to her at For Books’ Sake.
After a two-year romance, Marilyn Monroe married Joe DiMaggio in San Francisco on January 14, 1954. Sadly, they would part just nine months later in a blaze of recrimination and heartbreak. However, the couple remained friendly until Marilyn’s death. Joe was devastated by her passing, and sent roses to her grave each week for twenty years. He never remarried, and is the only one of Monroe’s three husbands never to discuss their relationship with the press.
This extract from my novel, The Mmm Girl (2007), revisits the day of their wedding, exactly sixty years later. Unfortunately the book is currently out of print, though I hope to rectify this at some point. Continue Reading »
Lana Del Rey’s Paradise EP was released in November 2012, on CD in Australia and Germany; as CD or digital download in the US; and on vinyl worldwide. For most music buyers, though, it’s simply the second disc in ‘The Paradise Edition’; a reissue of Born to Die, first released in January 2012. Continue Reading »
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