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I live in Belfast with my husband and two young children, and having worked as a project manager for several years I decided on a change of direction and returned to university to undertake an MA in Creative Writing. After graduating with a distinction over two years ago, I have now turned my dissertation into a completed novel called Elastic Girl. This novel is set in India and is the story of a young girl sold to the circus by her parents. I am currently trying to find an agent/publisher for this work, but feedback and support from the autonomy community would be much appreciated.

At the moment I am working on my second novel (kindly supported by the arts council for Northern Ireland), and I also enjoy writing short stories and occasionally poetry. My other interests include cooking, travel (although now limited with two little ones!) and nights out with friends.

favourite books

There are so many, but some of the more recent books I have really enjoyed are Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, Witness the Night by Kishwar Desai and Pure by Andrew Miller. Two other books that have inspiried by own writing are A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry and Fire on the Mountain by Anita Desai.

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Elastic Girl

Olivia Rana

When she is only a child, Muthu Tikaram is sold as a contortionist to The Great Raman Circus of Chennai.

When her family are evicted from their home, Muthu is sold by her parents to the circus in Chennai, India. In her childish dream-world she believes she will become a star, but instead is transported into extremely challenging and terrifying circumstances, suffering abuse at the hands of the circus ring master and being made to perform several times a day inside the circus ring.

In the midst of all her suffering Muthu learns the truth about something she had never known - why her grandfather killed a man and why she had always felt to blame. Elastic Girl follows Muthu's struggle to break free from her ill-fated life and to make sense of her existence. It is a story of human survival against the odds.


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Hello, Olivia, would you care for a read swap? Thanks, Emma.

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Olivia, Thank you for backing my book. I really appreciate it. Ali....

Freddie Harte wrote 518 days ago

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I wrote 556 days ago

Hi Keith, I have just backed your book at I found it very original. My work (Elastic Girl) is also from a child's perspective, so any comments you have on it would be much appreciated. All the best with this, Olivia view book

I wrote 586 days ago

Hi Pamela, You have a beautiful style of prose that seems to flow very naturally. I can also tell that you have researched thoroughly for this book, as it is very convincing of the time and place. Your characters are well thought out and there are nice contrasts between them, which sets up an ... view book

I wrote 586 days ago

Hi Lenny, Sorry it has taken me a while to get around to it, but I have now managed to read the first few chapters and found this a very inspirational story. Your strenght is in your characterisation and dialogue, which makes it feel true to life. I did think that in some places you (as the nar... view book

I wrote 599 days ago

Nathan, Just now getting the chance to add you to my book shelf and great to see that you are continuing to do well with this very deserving book. All the best, Olivia view book

I wrote 599 days ago

Hi Cecily, Finally managed to get you onto my book shelf. Your writing is very fluid and your characterisation convincing. Good luck with your continued progress on this site. If you get a chance to read/comment on Elastic Girl it would be much appreciated. Thks, Olivia view book

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