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Clare Weiner, ALLi Author Member

Location: United Kingdom
Genres: General Fiction, Literary Fiction, Poetry, Women's Fiction
Skills: Performance/Spoken Word, Reading/Literary Event, Speaking Engagement/Lecture

Writes under pen name Mari Howard (maternal line family surname, related ancestor Ebenezer Howard, and well-known distant cousin Una Stubbs) Born Londoner who's escaped to Oxford. Studied Newcastle University & Oxford University Department for Continuing Education. Subjects: art history, religious studies, social & political science. Writing: novels, blog, book reviews, and some articles. inspired by contemporary issues. Favourite/inspirational writers: Barbara Kingsolver, Lela Aboulela, Kamila Shamsie, Khaled Hosseini, Joanna Trollope. Ambition is to write serious stories with warmth and humour. Enjoys exploring other cultures through reading their writers, most recently however exploring the young women writers of Britain to catch up with my own. Also enjoying exploring and photographing nature in the local 'nature reserve', esp. butterflies and swans.Work at home in my 'den' or our garden 'summerhouse'. Painter, photographer, gardener. Mum to grown family including twins, 2 small grandsons, keeper of a cat who pretends he's a human...

Clare Weiner's books

Live, Lose, Learn (published 2019)

A Mari Howard poetry collection, mostly poems written between the late 1990s and 2010.
Moving and thoughtful, including an underlying humour, they move through various emotional points in women's lives, centring on family/friends relationships.
Includes a selection of unusual performance poems on well known Bible stories celebrating festivals: Christmas, Epiphany ('The Magus' Wife's Tale' is a response to T.S. Eliot's 'The Journey of the Magi') and Easter.

The Labyrinth Year

Published September 2014, in new format 2016, both by Hodge Publishing

ISBN 978-0-9564769-7-5

"A sparkling and keenly observed story from a writer who dares to look closely at the society around her...' (Bridget Plass, author and speaker)

A sequel to Baby, Baby: Max and Jenny struggle with the pressures of family life, work, and cultural differences, as Max becomes a caring family doctor and Jenny an ambitious scientific researcher. Add whacky step-sister Daze, two precocious kids, and the mysterious Etta to the mix, along with the demands of Max's now-disabled controlling father, and Jenny's first chance to present a paper at an international sci ... [read more]

Baby, Baby

New format published 2016, (first t published 2010, also by Hodge Publishing)

ISBN 978-0-9564769-6-8

"A compelling story exploring the potential conflicts and clashes between religious faith and the pursuit of science ……a real page-turner that I didn't want to put down. The ending was intelligent, satisfying and rewarding." (Debbie Young, author and book blogger at 'Debbie Young's Reading Life'

"This is an interesting and in some ways unconventional novel which kept me interested right to the end." (Ali Bacon, author, from Amazon review)

Listed for the 2013 People's Book Prize 'Smart savvy writing that took pains to get the science - and the religious tension - right ...'

... [read more]

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