Martina Cole Message Board

lorraine thompson posts on 5/5/2009 3:03:14 PM I have read all Martina's books but the last three were not good at all, not like her first books when you could'nt put it down , now quite boring in fact, I wont be in a rush to buy the next one its time to move on .
Jenny posts on 3/2/2009 6:07:40 AM Deborah I think it was The Jump. I think it was Alan saying it to Donna and he was talking about his own Mum.
Sharyn H posts on 3/2/2009 2:07:32 AM Hi Alison Thank you for the summary - I would have liked to have watched that interview. Her down-to-earth demeanor coupled with her literary talent & life experiences is projected into her novels, hich I suspect, makes her a compelling read. Well for my preference anyway. It's always nice to read about people who have triumphed poverty to become successful, by any definition, despite the odds. Congrats to her... and you.

deborah wilson posts on 2/28/2009 3:27:51 PM does anyone know where these paras come from? I have so many of Martina's books and cant remember which one I got this from. It summed up my life at the time. 'her secrect she fights to give her kids that bit more. She get the Dr for her kids but never herself her big secret, the bloke who got away the one she was young with and the one she should have married instead of the s**t she ended up with'....another piece is 'she allows him her body, but never her mind. he isnt aware she has one'...etc etc. please help!
alison meikle posts on 2/25/2009 3:02:12 PM Hi, yes, she spoke about her own life and what it was like as a young mother who was labelled for being unmarried and for living in a rough estate. But she was very compleimetary about those who were her friends and neighbours. She also discussed how society can de motivate people living in poverty, but said how her experiences helped her to write her books. There was another 2 families on the show who were having problems with relationships, one with alcohol and drugs, and she not only told the suffer what he needed to do but also his family, highlighting the fact that they should not be anxious about how other people percieve them, but concentrate instead on sorting things out and focussing on the real problems and how to make them better. She was sensitive but to the point and believe that a well paid psychologist could not have got to the root of the problem as quickly, accuratley and precisley as she did. I have read all of her books, and she does write like she has experienced or the people around her have experienced some of the things in reality.
Sharyn H posts on 2/22/2009 8:43:04 PM Hi Alison Being that I'm from NZ I didn't have the benefit of seeing that interview - are you able to summarise what she said? I do believe that Martina wouldn't waste words, and that's one of the many reasons I like her writing style.
Alison Meikle posts on 2/20/2009 8:48:25 AM Just watched an old show in which Martina was interviewed and gave advice to poeple who were having social problems. She is a brilliant writer, who tells it like it is, and she also did this on the show. I was also a very young mother, living in a rough housing estate and I, like her, took control of my life and did not give in to poverty but used what I learned, positve and negative, from the community around me. Some of those people would be considered "underclass" by the pretentious middle classes, but they were an insperation, loving, caring and giving, in many ways and Martin reassured me of that fact by what she said on the show today. Thank you Martina and keep the books coming.
suzanne kennedy posts on 2/16/2009 12:11:39 PM does anyone know when martina's next book is out i agree that her last few books since the take have been ok but not brilliant my favorites are The Jump and Two Woman lets all hope martina's next book is back to the usual standard.
Sharyn H posts on 2/15/2009 12:17:09 AM I'd also like to chime in and say I've been disappointed with her last five novels. It seems as though she's stuck in a rut and out of ideas, churning out books with similar premise. However, I do confess to being a fan of her gritty, real-life, and witty dialogue / banter between characters, and is a welcomed breath of fresh air to the "candy flossed niceties" other authors employ. My faves have to be The Know and Faceless. By the way, Lyndsay Pearse is a lovely writer, so too is Sheila, and as a matter of interest, or not, Belinda Alexander. Although her dialogue can become mushy.
tracey posts on 2/10/2009 6:23:09 PM i too have voted for sheila.. i cannot wait for her new book... i just hope martina reads this and realizes how many readers and fans shes losing.. her style has changed dramatically.. do you think she has a ghost writer writing in her place?
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