Author Archives: Susan Pope

About Susan Pope

Writer, poet and author. Leader of Women's Writing Group

The Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif My rating: 5 of 5 stars Good books never die. I only read this novel last year but was utterly spell-bound from the start. It is a literary time-shift historical romance (my own genre) and is a very passionate love story. Lady Anna Winterbourne travelled to Egypt in 1900 and fell in love with the country and with a leading political figure. One hundred years later, her descendant Isobel Parkman, an American divorcee, makes the same journey. She wants to unravel Anna’s story but in the process she discovers her own love story, and comes up against the same problems and prejudices Anna had encountered a century ago. The story is told by Isobel’s cousin from the Egyptian side of the family. I discovered a story so exquisitely moving when I reached the end I began again at the beginning, reluctant to lose the spell Ahdaf Soueif’s narrative had cast over me. It is not an easy-read, yet is so rich in historical detail, full of vibrant beauty and told with grace and love. Definitely a five star rating from me and highly recommended. View all my reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.


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The Legend of the Jaguar now FREE on Kindle until 1st August!

Read the folk tale which inspired the novel Spirit of the Jaguar FREE on Kindle for 5 days from 28th July Get your FREE copy on this link: You do not need a Kindle reader to read Kindle books … Continue reading

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Spirit of the Jaguar – is out now!

       Will you be first to post a review of my novel? My historical time-slip novel is now published and currently going through the distribution process. In spite of its critics, Amazon distribution is first-off-the-mark and currently displaying my title … Continue reading

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Paws in Alaska

A story of the heroism of dogs by historical fiction author SUSAN POPE FREE DOWNLOAD on Amazon Kindle – 5 DAYS ONLY! from 20 to 24  June  ON THIS LINK When America joined the Second World War, the US Army … Continue reading

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P.I.Y. – Publish It Yourself: Publicity, Marketing and Author Brand

Originally posted on Rochester Literature Festival:
Following an exceptionally informative workshop with her last year, the wonderful Truda Thurai very kindly sent us a link to an excellent interview as a follow up. The equally wonderful Christina gathered a few…

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Location, Location, Location 

Attention all writers – Location, Location, Location. So you are writing a novel, or perhaps a short story. That’s great and I’m sure you have a well-thought out storyline and some convincing characters. But where is it set? In one place … Continue reading

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Use it or lose it: Support your local library

Originally posted on Rochester Literature Festival:
Our lovely new volunteer, Christina Lee, makes the case for one of our most important public services. On Monday, The Guardian published an article on the imminent closure of 340 public libraries in the…

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