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Where we are now

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Ciao a tutti! 

I hope you have all received your copies and if not, please do contact Unbound via and they can help! And if you enjoy the stories and are inclined to write book reviews, I'd be grateful if you could do so on Goodreads and Amazon, or anywhere! And if there are reviewers and book bloggers among you it would be wonderful to have some more reviews out there. So far…

Publication Day !

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Praise for The Cartography of Others

“McNamara’s work has a fierce, vital beat, her stories robust yet finely worked,

her voice striking in its confidence and originality. She writes with

sensuous precision and a craft that is equally precise. This is fiction that can

stand up in any company.”

– Hilary Mantel


It's finally time to show off the cover - and Hilary Mantel's generous quote…

Cover Days

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Exciting times! Winter is nearly over and edits are almost complete. At the moment the cover design is in the works. Wonderful ideas have been thrown about and I’m looking forward to seeing this short story collection distilled into alluring graphic material. I’m nervous and excited at the same time, having worked in design and photography myself, and am trying not to be precious about my babes…

The Perils of Editing

Tuesday, 3 October 2017


This summer has been devoted to editing The Cartography of Others. If I have been quiet since crowdfunding was completed in June, I am sorry! In the meantime I have been working with Unbound’s efficient editing team, rearranging the stories, streamlining the texts, teasing out contrasts in voice and location, and killing off unruly adverbs and adjectives. 

I’d like to say it’s over …

Cadence in Key of C

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Crowdfunding is over! Thanks to all of you wonderful supporters the target has been reached! Prosecco for everybody! I am absolutely thrilled and wish to thank every one of you. Family because you have been generous and supportive from afar, old friends who didn't mind the postage cost when I started to flog my book, blogger friends who leapt in from abroad, creative friends who have such large…

Advice for Mountaineers

Friday, 5 May 2017

Firstly, thank you to pledgers large and small, this book could not happen without you! To those I have not been able to thank personally, please accept my gratitude! The Cartography of Others is at 75% now, with 125 supporters on board. I have been overwhelmed by the warmth and interest you have expressed, and sincerely hope you enjoy the stories. Thank you for sharing, paying up, reading my…

Of Unrequited Love and Invention of Sonnets

Monday, 10 April 2017

Francesco Petrarca's 12th century house sits in the village of Arquà Petrarca, where one imagines he paced in hand-stitched leather shoes. Those who pledge for the writers' retreat at my Veneto farmhouse will be taken up here for an afternoon stroll and a visit to the Poet's frescoed, tranquil home. Perhaps a glass of local vinello.   

In 1374 an old man died in a hilltop village in northeastern…

And So It Begins

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Hello and thank you for passing by here.

I'm sitting at an oval table with leaves that fold downward, many scratches, the seams between the panels have opened a little but the wood is still a living grainy thing. It's a table I bought from a man named Djugale Magala, in Nima district in Accra, maybe in 1999 or the year 2000. It was tucked away, a colonial valueless thing for this man from Burkina…

Publication date: May 2018
104% funded
165 backers