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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. I enjoyed What Jennifer Knows and was delighted to read the stories in What Tim Knows to meet up with the characters again. Both excellent books.

    1. Thanks, Mary. I thoroughly enjoyed What Tim Knows and I got the sense that for those who had read What Jennifer Knows it would be an even better experience. I hope to catch up and read it soon. 🙂

  2. Interesting idea for a book. Thanks for this review, Olga. Loved the video too. Have a terrific Tuesday. Mega hugs.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. I’m sure you’d also have enough material for a similar book, as you’ve shared some stories about the Atonement, Tennessee world that you weren’t always sure you’d use in one of the books. Although, who knows? I thought the video was gorgeous.

  3. Wendy Janes says:

    Thank you for this great review, Olga. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the stories. I find it fascinating to hear which one people like best. What a delightful video.
    Thank you, Mary and Teagan.

    1. Thanks, Wendy. It was a pleasure. I hope I’ll get to read your novel at some point soon (but have quite a few projects going on at the moment). I guess the stories they like tell us a lot about the person they are. Like a psychology test. I’m enchanted by the video.

      1. Wendy Janes says:

        Jennifer is happy to wait patiently. 🙂 Hope your projects are going well, Olga. Yes. Your comment about a psychology test has me wondering whether anyone has ever written a story with the express purpose of using it to identify character traits in a reader. Hmmmm… Is this a light-bulb moment, or not. 🙂

        1. I know there are parts of the IQ test that require you to put stories together. I don’t know if you’ve read ‘Moby Dick’ but there’s a fabulous chapter called ‘The Doubloon’ http://www.bartleby.com/91/99.html, where quite a few of the members of the Pequod crew look closely at the coin Ahab has nailed to the mast and each interprets the gold coin in a different way, according to their personalities. I remember writing about it and I think it’s a wonderfully insightful chapter in a novel full of them. I’m sure it could be done and it would be a wonderful exercise to interpret. I must say I feel I learn a lot from reading other people’s reviews.
          I’m pleased to hear that Jennifer is patient. I’ll get there…

          1. Wendy Janes says:

            I read Moby Dick many, many years ago. Thanks for the link – a fascinating chapter.

          2. Thanks, Wendy. I studied American Literature and I had to read it for several courses. It’s far from a light read but it has incredible moments and very varied writing. Melville was a fascinating writer.

      2. Wendy Janes says:

        Thanks, Pete. I’ve just hopped over to your blog and read your story about Victor – really enjoyed it.

  4. I hope that Wendy does well with this new book. As someone who prefers to write short stories myself, I generally enjoy reading those written by others. There was a time when short story compilations were very popular. Let’s hope we see them return to prominence again soon.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. Lots of people think short stories or even micro-fiction will become popular now that people seem to be getting used to reading in small chunks and to read on the go (using phones and tablets). I love short fiction, although I must confess that if I really like the characters I want to know more about them.
      And I love your stories, Pete.

      1. As always, Olga, you are very kind.

        1. Well deserved. ♥

  5. I an bet you anyone who thinks of this delightful video will associate it with this book, What Tim Knows. What a fantastic idea. An intriguing review, Olga. 😀

    1. Thanks, Tess. I just saw it over the weekend and had to share it with everybody and I was sure the author wouldn’t mind. I hope I get to read her first novel and hopefully many more to come too. 🙂

  6. Lovely review of a lovely book, Olga. Having read the novel and the short stories I think you could read them quite happily in the order you are. The short stories all tell backstory for the novel’s characters, so I think it would be interesting to read them first.

    1. Thanks so much. Hopefully when I do I’ll be able to report back. 🙂

  7. Hi Olga – nice to meet you – I’m here from Hugh’s blog party. It’s so great to connect with other bloggers. I’m looking forward to seeing your blog posts in my Reader. Happy blogging!

    1. Thanks very much. Hugh is a great guy. I’ll go check your blog too. 🙂

      1. Thank you!

        1. Have a great week!

  8. I absolutely love snippets of stories like this. Love reading it, love writing it. Sounds perfect for me. I do hope short story/micro fiction becomes increasingly popular as you and Pete were saying. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks, Sarah. I think Wendy had a great idea to share even more about her characters. And I personally think that one needs lots of skill to tell a story and hook a reader in such a short space. It teaches one to write precisely and accurately, a skill more than useful in any kind of writing. I’ll keep an eye on your great blog. 🙂

      1. I completely agree about short pieces. Incredibly enjoyable to read and a fun challenge to write. Also, I love character sketches so am looking forward to Wendy’s book. Thanks! 🙂

        1. Enjoy!

  9. Great review, Olga. This is a wonderful book.

    1. Gorgeous. I hope I get to read her novel soon too.

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