The Moving Pen | Amanda Hemmings
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Amanda Hemmings

Apart from working relentlessly on writing her first novel, Amanda reads. And reads. And reads. Totally for escapism. Anything from high literature to spy thrillers. Loves Southern gothic, history, alternative fiction, well-written crime novels. She doesn’t love the current state of the world, but remains sanguine. Most of the time.
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  I. I am going to Turkey.   Post covid, of course. When – I don’t know. Where – mainly Istanbul. How …

11 Min Read
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  Please, he says, as sternly as possible. A bit too sternly though: he hasn’t used that tone for years. He flinches, …

8 Min Read
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  And, after all these years, she still can’t touch it. Snow. It makes it difficult, living in a mountainous atmosphere. Every …

6 Min Read
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  Your neck is on the guillotine. Its sharpness gleams above you, the base is already cutting into your throat. You’re choking …

9 Min Read
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‘What you get is no tomorrow’  David Bowie, Fame   After her best friend was killed in the Paris restaurant by ISIL …

10 Min Read
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…A Tale Told in Triptych…   CHAPTER 1: WHITE TSARINA    After they told me my boy was a haemophiliac I believed I …

11 Min Read
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‘I didn’t expect you this early, Dad.’ She was as brittle as usual, a blonde shadow, sitting stiffly in the velvet gold …

8 Min Read
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You’re in the air, swirling, when a face gazes from the tiles below. Hitting the water, your perfect half-twist dive is knotted …

1 Min Read
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‘For chrissakes, put it away!’ We winced as Aunty Vi bellowed at my cousin again, her voice as subtle as a dying …

13 Min Read
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  From the other side I watch them enter the church. Sitting at the altar, beside the priest, just near the satiny …

6 Min Read
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At Mr White’s House

Written by Amanda Hemmings

  ‘Loonies speak their own language, like educated people.’ The Tree of Man, Patrick White     Let’s just walk, let’s just …

11 Min Read
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The Lord’s Fodder

Written by Amanda Hemmings

It was my first time. The rifle was slippery in my fingers, and Jojo laughed when I nearly dropped it. I’d seen …

5 Min Read
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Blood Diamond

Written by Amanda Hemmings

  ‘It’s hurting,’ mumbled the old man. He shuffled in the seat, closed his eyes to the fluorescent light above him. The …

3 Min Read
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Olympia, 1936

Written by Amanda Hemmings

The stadium roars like a thunderbolt. So loud her chest vibrates. Are the heavens pulsating? Is it war out there, or just …

9 Min Read
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Garbagemen are human, too

Written by Amanda Hemmings

  ‘I’m telling you, garbagemen can deal with anything. The smell of corpses, shit, rotten eggs. The worst stink in the world, …

10 Min Read
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A Final Solution

Written by Amanda Hemmings

  Ilse cowers; her body trembles. All because she knows, immediately, who she has collided with while rounding the blitzed corner. Despite …

5 Min Read
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A Thin Silver Lining

Written by Amanda Hemmings

  Deedee’s been losing weight. She stands and watches herself in the mirror. Runs her hand down the sides of her nightie …

10 Min Read
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Rot

Written by Amanda Hemmings

Days and days and days and days have passed – years really – and yet people still look at him strangely when …

8 Min Read