MaryCawley

About MaryCawley

I run Firesong Consulting, a consultancy specialising in branding and communications, with particular focus on not-for-profit organisations. I have managed communications for Richmond Fellowship, a national specialist provider of mental health services, for the past six years. The re-branding of the organisation in 2010 was highly commended in Third Sector’s Excellence Awards for Brand Development. I read English Language and Literature at St Hugh’s College, Oxford. Sadly, I have not passed on my enduring love of books to my son Joseph, a self confessed happy philistine!

Book review: The Moment

Book review: The Moment

Mary Cawley reviews The Moment by Claire Dyer. Heavily hyped by Waterstones as ‘2013’s One Day’, I thought well, why not? The writing in The Moment is faultless and elegant. Sadly, the protagonists Fern and Elliott fail to engage with the reader on any level except as ‘me me me spoiled brats’. A case of please, please bring back the […]

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Book review: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Book review: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is an astonishing but ultimately improbable story I raved about this book, and subsequent film, to an elegant, very wise Jewish lady survivor of the death camp Auschwitz (or as our nine-year-old narrator Bruno calls it, ‘Out-With’). She threw me a look of contempt, pulled up her sleeve and […]

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Book review: Toby’s Room

Book review: Toby’s Room

Mary Cawley reviews Toby’s Room by Pat Barker. This is Pat Barker’s finest novel to date. Readers may be familiar with her marvellous Regeneration trilogy, described by A. S. Byatt as “A new vision of what the First World War did to human beings, male and female, soldiers and civilians.” Toby’s Room covers familiar territory, […]

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Book review: The Virgin Blue

Book review: The Virgin Blue

Mary Cawley reviews The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier This is not a new book, but rediscovering it with delight after a few years I wanted to share it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Tracy Chevalier is probably best known for Girl with a Pearl Earring, brought to the big […]

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Book review: Departures

Book review: Departures

Mary Cawley reviews Departures – Seven Stories from Heathrow by Tony Parsons This enchanting book of seven interrelated short stories is a great read for people of all ages. Based on a week spent as Writer in Residence at Heathrow’s Terminal 5, Parsons paints a vivid picture of a secret city populated by the 75 […]

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