CAROLINE DEACON

Writer, reader, creative writing tutor

Welcome to my website. Here you’ll find out about the books I write for young adult and middle grade readers, plus information about creative writing workshops and visits. Thanks for dropping by.

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#throwbackthursday 20years ago when our lovely dog Ben was a puppy and enjoying the January #snow. #dogsofinstagram #colliesofinstagram #bordercollie ...

Took a bath yesterday evening to decide which #book to choose for #sundayreading I’m reading both. Seem to be drawn to #nonfictionbooks this year, maybe there is just too much weirdness in the world already. #readersofinstagram and #writersofinstagram will like both of these. And I managed to avoid getting either of them soggy. #sundayreads #bookstagram ...

Bertie needs a whole couch to himself #cat #cakesofinstagram #blackcatsofinstagram ...

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Good morning #edinburgh #craiglockharthill #running #snow #sunrise ...

#throwbackthursday to this time last year. Racing up to #grandemotte #tignes first thing in the morning and loving the lack of people. 😒 now all ski resorts are closed and the pistes are empty for sure #becarefulwhatyouwishfor #snow ...

It’s so cold so what better way to enjoy my #sundayreading than in a nice bath? Especially with such a swanky bath accessory. This book won PG Wodehouse comedy prize; surprising as I don’t think of McEwan as a funny writer. So far it’s entertaining, and #humour is needed. #sundayreads #bookstagram #books #amreading #booklover ...

#coldweather here in #edinburgh and Gateau is not happy. Ignoring comfy couch just to her left and draping herself instead on the narrow radiator #catsofinstagram #cats #catlife #catlover ...

This week’s #sundayreading is quite captivating but I’d expect this from the author of ‘how NOT to write a novel’ which Is the funniest (and most on the nose) #howtowrite book. #amreading #sundayreads #bookstagram #booklover ...

#christmas #presents for me....an eclectic collection of #books yum yum. Where to start? #bookstagram #amreading #bookhaul #bookholic ...

I saw Elif Shafak at the book festival last year. She was impressive and the book sounded interesting but it’s taken me a while to get to it. Felt nervous about investing in a character who was dying! (The title refers to the time her brain continues to think after her heart stops beating, and the whole narrows basically her life passing in her mind)
But it’s not depressing and it’s a nice book to read in small chunks as in doing In this strange world....
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Knitted this Icelandic sweater for myself a year or so ago, and had a wee bit of wool left over, so Pickles @twiggyandpickles now has a wee #dogjumper to match to unwrap on Christmas Day. #knittersofinstagram #knitting #amknitting #amknittingchristmaspresents #dogsofinstagram ...

I have a record player in my study finally. What music do you like to listen to when you work?
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Was looking forward to this #sundayreading having loved Burial Rites, her first novel set in Iceland and based on a true historical event. This one is based in historical rural Ireland. The Good People referred to in the title are fairies. This is a dark read and I don’t know where it’s going, but I dread finding out. It’s a bit overly descriptive at times but is certainly atmospheric #sundayreads #bookstagram #booklover #book ...

Beginning to look a lot like #Christmas ...

All ready for #Christmas in our new home - waited till storms past before putting our this #wreath ...

#tbt to visiting the Brontës’ parsonage in Yorkshire. Felt like they’d just put down their pens and nipped out for a walk on the moors.
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My new #desksetup is done and Bertie is all ready to choose the #moodmusic #catsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #writingcommunity #writersofig #writingwithcats ...

Cats are settling into our new home. They’ve never seen stairs before but seem to like them #catsofinstagram #blackcatsofinstagram ...

Latest From My Blog

Top Ten Non Fiction Books to Entertain and Surprise

Top Ten Non Fiction Books to Entertain and Surprise

Despite my background as a non-fiction writer, I haven't yet written a blog covering my top ten non fiction books. Time to put that right, methinks. I'm focusing here on books that anyone might enjoy, so I've excluded specialised works or things which have dated, and...

A Room of One’s Own – Extracts from December Newsletter.

We did it. We moved house. Moved out of the Airbnb madness of central Edinburgh into a quieter, leafier location. Which meant I got to rethink my writing space...again. Over the years I've had a few different set-ups. The first study was in a low ceilinged...

Top Twenty Books of 2020

Top Twenty Books of 2020

Has this been a good year for reading? You would think that being forced to stay at home might help reduce the 'to read' pile, but I found it hard to choose the right book during that long enforced lockdown of the first wave of coronavirus in spring. Dystopian fiction...

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