Merry Christmas!

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As 2016 draws to a close (thank god – what a crap year it’s been) just a quick post to say thank you to all the people who visit this blog, who take the time to read and comment and whose support and friendship mean a great deal to me.

The amount of views and new followers I’ve had this year has been amazing, and it’s been a joy to meet new people, to connect with other writers and bloggers, and to read and share books. It’s lovely to know there are like-minded souls out there, near and far.

Because the world is crappy right now, and sometimes the hate and the intolerance and the bigotry and the unfairness of it all can seem overwhelming. But looking at a wonderful painting, hearing a favourite song, escaping into a beautiful film and sinking into a good book, all these things make life a bit better. So thank you to all those authors who have shared their books with me this year, and to all the writers I’ve worked with. It’s been a pleasure and a privilege.

I wish you all a happy and peaceful holiday.

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24 comments

  1. Have a wonderful Christmas too. I am not setting my sights too high for 2017. The comfort is that there are like-minded souls all round the world. We are maybe going to have to speak more loudly than is comfortable to counteract the hate and intolerance, but there are surely enough of us. So, let’s hope for a happier new year.

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    1. Have a lovely Christmas Hilary. Agree with you – it will be so important for people to speak out and to do so loudly in 2017. Let’s hope this time next year that we can feel more optimistic about 2018.

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  2. I couldn’t have expressed it better myself. Lovely that you used the word “crap” out loud, because it sure was! Brexit, earthquakes, Aleppo, terrorists and then god-awful Trump! 2017 will have to go some to top them. Maybe we’ll have an impeachment to look forward to.

    All you can do is enjoy your private happiness while you can, and after the Holidays, once again raise your voices to protest the crap! Frohe Weihnachten!

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  3. Thank you, Alison, I hope your Christmas home is peaceful. I can’t count the number of people who have had a bad year in 2016. That and what is going on in the world is despairing. But all we can do is gather our loved ones around us and make sure the children belonging to family and friends are happy in their innocence (sorry if that sounds soppy but having lost my mum in November I’m just hoping to get through by joining in the fun with the kids who will be here) Thank you for all your support and good reads you brought to our attention this year. x

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  4. Oh dear, I feel guilty for not thinking that 2016 was that bad…. not personally, anyway, and on a wider scale, the world has always been a dark and dangerous place, because evil all too often triumphs over good, and politics is all cyclical. But then again, it’s easy to have a ‘wtf’ attitude if you don’t have children, because within another 25 years my existence in the world will be over, but it’s different when you have the lives of your offspring to think about, so I’ll just shut up.

    Hope 2017 is better for you, Alison! Thanks so much for all the support this year, and hope to meet you again in person next year xxx

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