The plant with the sticky leaves

Thursday, 14 June 2018


We've had a summer house just north of Madrid for about 15 years and we see these blooms every year, flowering for about a month.  Walking through hillsides of the shrubs growing wild, I love the smell of them and, interestingly enough, it doesn't come from the flowers but from the sticky leaves.  I often thought, if a perfumer could come here and bottle this stuff, it would be a roaring success…

Bagel Guillotines and other delights

Wednesday, 6 June 2018


Visiting Zabar's on Broadway in Manhattan is one of my rituals on my regular visits to New York. Louis and Lillian Zabar opened the grocery store in 1934 and their sons, Stanley and Saul continue it and are often seen working in the shop. Downstairs there's the cafe, a massive cheese department with free tastes and cramped aisles of high end biscuits and the like. Upstairs is what I basically…


Thursday, 29 March 2018

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I wondered for a while why my Amazon UK reviews have been stuck at 42 for a few weeks.  Was there any significance in this 'life, the unverse and everything' number never progressing?  I then looked for Douglas Adams' explanation of the significance the number had to him and felt okay...

'The answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a number, an ordinary, smallish number,…

Wide Blue Yonder

Sunday, 4 March 2018


I had a string of fantastic reviews last week for the Blindefellows blog tour, latest one below.  If you have any time to pop a review on Amazon - 3 words is enough! - and copy paste to Goodreads, I'd be most grateful.  I'm nearly at 50 reviews on Amazon UK from which point Amazon will ramp up the publicity!  Here's the link if you'd like to review... 


My Life in Books

Friday, 2 March 2018

Today my favourite books are featured in Anne Cater's blogspot... Here's the first three and you can see the rest on the link below... 

My Life in Books - Auriel Roe

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons - It's a shame that, after writing this, Gibbons turned to serious fiction as she had a real flair for comedy.  It is, in fact, the one she's remembered for.  CCF has everything - a penniless heroine…

1st blog tour review is in!

Monday, 26 February 2018

4* review so pleased with that, especially from a blogger whose genre preference is for horror... 

I'm excited to be kicking off the tour for A Blindefellow's Chronicle today. My review is written with thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me to participate, and for my copy of the book.

Blindefellow's School opened in the 1800s as a school for the blind, but has now evolved into a school which is…

Blindefellows Tour!

Sunday, 18 February 2018

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This is coming up soon! Blindefellows, the blog tour! Will be interesting to see a week of Blindefellows reviews and looking at the follower numbers of the various bloggers, this will go out to over 10 thousand people. So far, most people reviewing have enjoyed the book so it's good to see my bizarre brand of humour is generally accessible!

novel #2!

Saturday, 6 January 2018


Dear Patrons, Today I reached the 10K word mark of novel #2 which means I'm approximately one tenth into it! It's been a lot of months in the planning and now that I've finally had a stretch of time to write, I've really got down to it and am enjoying it tremendously.  It's always daunting to get started on such a big project, but when the writing starts, so many new ideas appear - it's worth starting…

Blindefellows event in Waterstones, Nottingham

Sunday, 10 December 2017

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Win a signed Blindefellows paperback!

Monday, 27 November 2017

If you're like me with a preference for something you can put an actual rather than a virtual bookmark in, you might like to enter this Goodreads competition to win a Blindefellows paperback...


Free entry but hurry because it's ending in three days!  

Since popping into that #1 spot on Amazon for the humour genre in…

Blindefellows is number 1 bestseller in humour on amazon.com!

Saturday, 4 November 2017


Thank you for the reviews - Blindefellows has been at the top for a couple of days! Help keep the momentum by recommending to a friend! 


venturing with caution into Blogworld

Wednesday, 1 November 2017


I have ventured into blog world!  I will be giving updates as I write my second novel, paint pictures and project-manage a couple of properties I have that are crying out for revamping.  It's going to be a busy year!  Here's my new blogpost, An Influx of Flax, find out more here... http://auriel-roe.squarespace.com/new-blog/ 

PS Thank you to all who are reviewing Blindefellows and those who are…

Another Ping! on the review-ometre

Monday, 16 October 2017

I noticed on Goodreads that 950 people so far have saved Blindefellows to read.  Good reviews like the one below by author Madhuika Liddle on Goodreads, who gave Blindefellows 4/5, are helping things along so please add one if you have a moment (doesn't have to be as long and detailed as this one!)...

'Blindefellows, established several hundred years ago as a charity school for blind boys, is now…

exceeding two thousand

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Pleased to see this rush on Blindefellows!  Over 2,000 entries to win a paperback on Goodreads!  Will those who don't win run out as a 'single woolly body' (Blindefellows quotation) and buy a copy?  I'm hoping and dreaming this will be the case!  

Format:Print book

Giveaway ends in:0:07:19 

Availability:5 copies available, 2318 people requesting

Try b4 you buy!

Monday, 9 October 2017


Did you know there's a 'Look inside!' Try b4 u buy button on the Amazon Kindle edition of Blindefellows enabling interested parties to read the first chapter? Feel free to forward this link to friends... https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0744N4DND/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmb#reader_B0744N4DND

Looking forward to reading your review!  Let's make this little book grow to the size of young Rufus here (she's…

the bluebottle who took a wrong turn

Saturday, 30 September 2017


Before I started my novel, I had a slightly naive idea that the hard work in publishing a novel was in the writing.  Looking back to two years ago when I began Blindefellows, the writing was the easy bit, and, as I mention in the interview below, writing was my comic relief in the evening after doing a challenging day job.  I now see that the tricky stuff is marketing, from page to stage, so to speak…

Call for reviews, if you have a moment

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Dearest Patrons, Since publication a month and a half ago, it's lovely to see the reviews starting to come in, like this one today by a top Goodreads reviewer.  I know it's hard to find a moment of free time these days, but I'd be grateful to you if you could pop a review or even just a rating on Amazon and/or Goodreads - it will help the book along.  I had such fun writing it and I hope many will…

5 star Amazon reviews from both sides of the pond!

Tuesday, 22 August 2017


‘As soon as I had finished reading it, I wanted to start again.’

‘A delight to read, funny, endearing and poignant.’

‘The characters were well fleshed out, funny and quirky.’

‘This is an eminently enjoyable, ending-too-soon book.’

‘I could see this amazing book expanding into an entire new literary world.’

I'd love to hear your views on Amazon, Waterstones and Goodreads!  


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

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Paperbacks should be on Amazon, Waterstones, etc. any day (Kindle already available).  Thanks so much to mecob designs for this excellent look with subtle indications of what the book's about.  Hope you chortle inwardly and outwardly as you read - I still do.  Please help boost this little tale of boarding school life by rating, even reviewing on Amazon and Goodreads.  Auriel 

It's arrived!

Monday, 31 July 2017

Dear Patrons, Your ebook should be with you now.  If you have a moment, please could you pop your review onto Amazon and Goodreads?  I hope you enjoy reading A Blindefellows Chronicle as much I enjoyed writing it.  I'd love to hear your thoughts on the book via my facebook page - I'm the only Auriel Roe in existence, I believe. 

See this offer through Goodreads!

Friday, 28 July 2017

Here's a chance to win a signed first edition of my new novel... Sign up for this and Goodreads will randomly select in October... 300+ requesting since the offer went live yesterday but have a go - you're in with a smidgen of a chance!


Sent to Press!

Thursday, 20 July 2017


A Blindefellows Chronicle has been sent to press!  Digital editions will be in your mailboxes imminently and paperback editions available from Waterstones, Amazon, etc. in approximately two weeks.  Thank you for your patience...  the meticulous editors at Unbound have made this fairly polished novel into a highly polished creature and I'm delighted with it along with the excellent cover by the renowned…

Why I love PG Wodehouse

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Hello Supporters!  The end is nigh and fingers crossed by August A Blindefellows Chronicle will be in your fine hands.  The editors at Unbound have been splendid with their amazing attention to detail - surely that should be a dash there and not a comma? etc. etc. - how right they were!  I feel that, as a new author, I've had a writing course with all the tweaks they've suggested.  

Just today…

Interview out today!

Friday, 12 May 2017

Dear Patrons, 

A Blindefellows Chronicle is currently having its final creases ironed out then it's into the the type setting phase which pretty much locks it in place.  Hoping it will be out before the end of May!  The editors at Unbound have suggested some excellent little tweaks and I think it's looking wonderful.  Please see the link below to my interview, out today, conducted in usual exuberance…

getting there!

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

A very nice little tweet from my editor Jamie Groves who is now giving the manuscript a final check through... 'A Blindefellows Chronicle by @auriel_roe (@unbounders) - definitely one to watch. Hilarious, heart-rending, a joy to read.'   Cover design is underway so fingers crossed for a late Spring release!  

A year and a half ago I had this strange little thought... what if an older man, rather…

My First Fiver!

Saturday, 12 November 2016

I've just realized something - this week someone bought my book I earned my first ever fiver as a writer! Earlier this week, I reached the publisher's funding target which covers their costs and thereafter I will receive 50% from book sales, so thank you Derek Wilson, I don't know you personally, but this is a landmark fiver. 

Of course, like most writers, I burn the midnight oil writing, doing…

and the winner is...

Tuesday, 8 November 2016


Rufus T Flycatcher, pictured, has stepped in to nudge my three month grovelling fest toward its happy completion; (Rufus is a fan of just about everything I do). Art teacher by day, writer of begging letters by night, but worth it in the end because I wrote the book I always wanted to read and now it's going to be read by lots of people and I hope it'll make them as happy as it makes me. I'm 99.95…

Latest Goodreads Top Review!

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

'This was a very fine read that follows a few friends through the years, beginning and remaining mostly at the Blindefellows school and ending on a very personal note at the end.

It's rather charming, through and through. :)

I frankly found the characters a hoot and the evolving nature of the private school, its history and how it changes through the years, a character in itself. It was great…

Another great Goodreads review from top ten reviewer

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Just 9 days left!  Please pre-order and help waft my book into publication! https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1776703213?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1 'Quite delightful, cleverly written, and just plain fun. :)' 

Almost there!

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Ten days left! Three-quarters of the way there! Any last minute flutters greatly appreciated! @unbound

Misadventures in Publishing

Saturday, 22 October 2016

"Everyone’s got a novel inside them”, so the saying goes. “And to bring it to market is a misery”, so should it conclude. In my befuddled attempts to reveal to the world my “baby”, as the more cuddly variety of literary agent will refer to your book, I have sometimes found myself wishing it had never been born. 

The summer before last, a peculiar notion burst into my mind… “What if a man in his…

5 star review for A Blindefellows Chronicle from a top Goodreads reviewer

Monday, 12 September 2016

5 star review for A Blindefellows Chronicle from a top Goodreads reviewer (her average review is 3.75)

'Many novels out there follow a pattern. The same style of illustrations, the same stories... but this one, soon to be released from Unbound Publishing, is nothing short of spectacular. At times hilarious, at other times very profound, A Blindefellows Chronicle is a collection of stories taking…

5 star review for A Blindefellows Chronicle

Sunday, 11 September 2016

5 star review for A Blindefellows Chronicle from a top Goodreads reviewer (her average review is 3.75)

Many novels out there follow a pattern. The same style of illustrations, the same stories... but this one, soon to be released from Unbound Publishing, is nothing short of spectacular. At times hilarious, at other times very profound,A Blindefellows Chronicle is a collection of stories taking…

Today's fine morsel...

Thursday, 8 September 2016

'Sedgewick brought them all back around eight and, having checked everyone in for the evening, stretched out, still dressed, on his bed. Several hours later, he awoke in the dead of night and had to recall his whereabouts in the darkness for a moment or two, going over his last known movements in a hurried whisper, before he remembered where he was. He stumbled about and groped for the light switch…

A Blindefellows Chronicle...reviews are coming in!

Friday, 2 September 2016

So pleased to have some great feedback on my novel from director Brian Trenchard-Smith, renowned for being Quentin Tarantino's favourite director! 'Auriel, Yes, amusing, very Waugh, very Woodhouse, and somewhat reminiscent of my old school, Wellington, albeit at a later period than my tenure. Well done.'   More soon from a top ten reviewer on Goodreads who is reading my book at the moment...

A Blindefellows Chronicle

Friday, 19 August 2016

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Welcome to my shed!

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Thank you for your interest in my new book, A Blindefellows Chronicle, and welcome to my shed.  (If you look closely, you'll see a fine aviary of budgerigars to the rear, slightly obscured by those soiled garden implements.)  Sheds are good places for writers to be alone, largely due to them not being large enough for two people.  A favourite writer of mine, George Bernard Shaw, had a writing shed…

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