The Wit and Wisdom of “Dear Abby”

Pauline Esther Philips, better known as the advice columnist Abigail Van Buren  or  “Dear Abby”, died on Jan 16th 2013. Advice columnists, many of whom are women, are often dismissed as being rather trite, lacking in true writing skills. I don’t believe that’s true, and certainly not in the case of the well-loved “Dear Abby” […]

#Dorothy Parker On Fiction

    In researching the 1950’s for my novel ‘Under the Bed’ , Dorothy Parker’s name came up as one of the Hollywood writers black-listed. It is also 45 years ago this week since her death.Dorothy Parker was renowned for her wit, being a keen critic, her poetry, short stories, plays and her left wing politics. When […]