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Author Helen Young on the inspiration behind her new novel, Breakfast in Bogotá

November 6, 2018
Author Helen Young on the inspiration behind her new novel, Breakfast in Bogotá Set in 1940s Colombia, Helen is actively crowdfunding her novel with Unbound. Here, she opens up about bringing a forgotten city to life and travelling thousands of miles in search of character.   Thanks

Protest themed flash shortlist

October 31, 2018
Many thanks to all that entered this competition. The theme didn’t seem so popular this time around and we received less than half the number of entries we normally do. Any feedback on the themes would be great so do drop us a line at news@retreatwest.co.uk to let us know what you think of
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Guest post: Laura Laakso – Building Worlds with Words

October 29, 2018
Delighted to welcome Laura Laakso to the blog today as her debut novel, Fallible Justice, publishes. More delighted than usual as although it’s always great to have first time novelists featured on the blog, this novel was discovered by publisher, Louise Walters, through the Retreat West

Winners of the Page Turner Course

October 24, 2018
After a lot of reading and re-reading of her shortlisted entries, Rose has chosen the winners of the How To Write a Page Turner course. The two first place winners get the course with feedback option and the two runners-up get the no feedback version, which is exactly the same course content but,

Author Interview: CM Taylor on writing within theme, Brexit and his new novel Staying On

October 18, 2018
It’s great to have CM Taylor back on the blog on publication day for his new novel, Staying On. I was lucky enough to read an advance copy of this and I stayed up half the night to find out what would happen. It’s a funny and very moving (I cried!) story of a family that needs to face