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Cecily Macintyre

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Married with a daughter and living in London, I was a lawyer for far too long - furnishing that room of my own. Finally doing what I want to be doing - writing.

This is my first novel The Blackberry Season - there was an earlier version of this up some time ago and I am very grateful to those who supported it and helped me. I lost a lot of work when my computer was stolen forcing a major rewrite so here goes again. The novel is complete at just over 70,000 words but I know that it is just not possible for people to read that much online when they have their own work to concentrate on so I have just uploaded the first few chapters.

I'm short of time at the moment so I won't be great at very long crits - but where I can help I will. I'll rotate my watchlist/desk a bit so if you disappear you will reappear.


cecilymacintyre@hotmail.com

favourite books

Books by Jane Austen, Edith Wharton, William Trevor. Sally Vickers (Miss Garnet's Angel); Ian McEwan (A Child in Time for the scene where he loses his daughter in the supermarket); Hilary Mantel (A Place of Greater Safety and a Change of Climate); Penelope Lively (Moon Tiger).
Not averse to good trash either (have spent many happy hours with a Penny Vicenzi or a Georgette Heyer). I've read a lot of children's books recently (Noel Streatfield, Meg Rosoff). Enjoy reading play scripts and poetry.

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The Blackberry Season

Cecily Macintyre

The Blackberry Season - in just one hard, sharp season a family changes its shape.


"I had not asked for such a blood sisterhood" ('Blackberrying' by Plath).

On the day fifteen year old Isobel buries her grandmother, she has to leave her modest life in a Scottish fishing village and step into a stranger's life - a wealthy urban London life. She has to insinuate herself into a stranger's home. Unfortunately that stranger is her father and his home is already full of his 'real' family. Her father, Stella (the perfect second wife - sad and lied to) and their nine year old daughter, Jessica (loved and loving) form a strange, closed unit and there seems to be no place for Isobel. It was easy when her father wasn't there, she could make of him a fairytale fantasy figure but in real life she finds him cold and remote, someone who avoids talking to her so that he can avoid telling her ugly things.

 

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AliyaM.books wrote 16 hours ago

Hi! Would you be interested in reading one of my books? I have a H....

Temulkar wrote 10 days ago

Hi Cecily, Many thanks for backing Roundhead. Cheers Jemahl.

Michael Jones wrote 13 days ago

Sorry, Cecily, dreamt last night the Autho police had come to get me!....

Helianthus wrote 13 days ago

It is due to be published this fall. I am tickled! I don't "need" ....

Andrew Hughes wrote 22 days ago

Hi Cecily, Read your first five chapters here and was really impre....

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I wrote 46 days ago

Dialogue is brilliant - fast paced and fun. view book

I wrote 308 days ago

You are simply a very good writer. view book

I wrote 670 days ago

Ch. 1: Great story building - real tension in the end of this chapter. Some lovely language - 'somewhere among all those numbers and equations, she figured her digits may have been added up, subtracted or divided into the pile of papers.". The style is simple and direct which I like but I'd avoid ... view book

I wrote 670 days ago

Ch. 1: Great story building - real tension in the end of this chapter. Some lovely language - 'somewhere among all those numbers and equations, she figured her digits may have been added up, subtracted or divided into the pile of papers.". The style is simple and direct which I like but I'd avoid ... view book

I wrote 696 days ago

Ch 1 - lovely engaging writing from the great first line on. I especially liked the concept of 'inbetweenness'; the young child and the elephant like coarse skin of the very old; the dirt cloud left by the displaced kitten; the kindness of the shoplifting and the warning in the exchange between hu... view book

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