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DAHLIAS vs CHRYSANTHEMUMS

DAHLIAS vs CHRYSANTHEMUMS

My father grew dahlias and chrysanthemums.   He didn’t just grow them. He showed them, by which I mean he entered competitions.   Always a keen gardener, he announced one evening that he was going out to see a man called Tom.   Tom, I Continue reading

IT’S PIANO TIME

IT’S PIANO TIME

In a former life, I was a pianist.   I started young, as a ballet accompanist when I was just thirteen, often playing in gloves to combat the temperatures in the barely-heated rooms. It was good money and far easier than standing behind a shop Continue reading

IT’S TUESDAY SO IT MUST BE BOOK CLUB!

IT’S TUESDAY SO IT MUST BE BOOK CLUB!

There’s no disputing January is a challenge. It’s grey, cold and, without the brightly-coloured Christmas lights, can be quite cheerless. When the sun is low and the air bitter, it feels as if the only solution is to hibernate until spring. Alas, humans have not Continue reading

COUCH TO CORKSCREW (VIA THE GYM)

COUCH TO CORKSCREW (VIA THE GYM)

I couldn’t put it off any longer.  The tree was down, the decorations packed away – Christmas was officially over and it was time to hit the gym. And so, out came the leggings (thankfully stretchy) and the baggy t-shirt (somehow not as baggy as Continue reading

A CHRISTMAS TALE

A CHRISTMAS TALE

It was a grey day in early winter and the leaden sky was a perfect match for Santa’s mood. “It gets harder every year,” he grumbled to Rudolph. The red-nosed reindeer looked up from the chaise-longue, where he was flicking through a copy of Playdeer Continue reading

FOOLS GOLD

FOOLS GOLD

As the divine Jane Austen might have said, “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a writer in possession of a completed manuscript must be in want of an active social media presence. Right you are then, Jane. Website – check Twitter profile – check Continue reading

SUNDAY NIGHT ON THE BRIDGE

SUNDAY NIGHT ON THE BRIDGE

It was a snap decision to run my daughter to work. Her last night of night shift, and she was tired. I set out just after 10 pm to drive the seven or eight miles to her flat to pick her up. My route took Continue reading

Welcome to Marion’s Website

Welcome to Marion’s Website

Thank you for visiting the website of Marion Todd, writer of contemporary Scottish fiction.