Paula Read started out as a journalist and subsequently trained as a languages teacher. She lives in London now, but has also lived and worked in France, Canada (where she worked as a French/English interpreter) and the USA. The Hazelnut Grove is about the joys and woes of moving to another European country at a time when Europe signified something to be part of, not a place to escape from.
She has had several short stories published and is currently working on a second non-fiction book about the fate of forced labourers from occupied France in World War II.
March 23, 2021 First anniversary of the lockdown The creation, ‘Marilyn Monroe,’ ponders her life as she is starting to gain recognition in her early days as an actress in 1950s Hollywood. So many rooms in so many buildings in so many locations. She cannot recall them all. She only knows that men are inContinue reading “Thinking about men and women“
March 10, 2021 Animals are not simply a food source for us humans Factory farming exists because we believe animals exist only for our use. There is some recognition that farm and other animals are ‘sentient beings’ but this is not enough. Animals are our fellow creatures. We must recognise a sense of equality. Continue reading “The Tragedy of Factory Farming”
The more I read of what happened in occupied France during the Vichy years of the Second World War and the aftermath, the more I see parallels with our current situation both in the post-Brexit UK, and in the USA as it grapples now with a post-Trump future. ‘France for the French’ ‘Make America greatContinue reading “Vichy – a warning?”