Things she loves

running, slippery black cats, the first sip of champagne, The Big Purple Ones, a book that makes me cry, George Clooney from the front, crispy skin on roast chicken, the horizon, the taste of sea on my skin, the smell of paper and ink in the tight binding of a new book, generosity of spirit, ‘Dirty Dancing’, waking to a blue sky and knowing it will be there all day, and the next, my first Victoria’s Filet Mignon, medium-rare, at Outback’s on Linton after I land at Miami and drive up I-95, laughing ...

Things she hates

falling over, stepping on a snail in the dark, defrosting the fridge, newspaper print on my hands, tripe, mosquitoes, paper cuts, mean-spiritedness, burnt out cars on the motorway, unresolved arguments, a telephone waking me up, rats walking past the back door, getting up at five to drive to the airport, chewing gum stuck under a table, sloppy white in a boiled egg, someone being sick in the seat next to me, Andy Williams singing, I can't keep my eyes off of you, a cat dying in my arms, lies ...

Other things

the hungry writer in the company of Malbec and olives
Lynne Rees was born and grew up in Port Talbot, South Wales, UK but left in 1978 to work in offshore banking in Jersey, Channel Islands. She moved to Kent, UK in 1985 where she opened and ran her own second-hand and antiquarian bookshop, Foxed & Bound (the inspiration for her novel, The Oven House), for twelve years.

She began writing in 1988 after discovering Natalie Goldberg's book, Writing Down the Bones, studied for her Master's degree in writing with the University of Glamorgan between 1994 and 1996 (studying with the celebrated Welsh poet Gillian Clarke) and was  awarded an International Hawthornden Writers' Fellowship in 2003. 

She has lived in Florida, Barcelona and, between 2007 and 2011, in Antibes in the South of France, where she renovated an early 20th century four storey house 200 metres from Cap d'Antibes and the trickly Mediterranean. She currently lives in Kent, with her husband, the artist, Tony Crosse, in a house at the edge of their working apple orchard not far from the North Downs.

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