One Wise Woman

One Wise Woman

February marks the 25th anniversary of the death of one of Britain's finest novelists and one of my literary heroines - Angela Carter. I have loved her writing for almost as many years as she has been gone, but it is her last novel - Wise Children - to whom my heart specifically belongs.

Holding out for a hero

Friday, February 3, 2017

Posted by : Lisa

In a recent interview Donald Trump was asked who his heroes were. His answer was astonishing. Not for its rambling nature - that's a given these days - but for the total lack of imagination. All of which has made me think about the importance of my heroes, particularly in turbulent times.

Best bits of 2016

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Posted by : Lisa

I think we can all agree that 2016 was a stinker of a year - be it your view on politics or the shocking number of ridiculously talented people who shuffled off this mortal coil. To cheer myself up, I decided to have a think about all the brilliant books, films, shows and art that I saw in what was otherwise a s*** show of a year.

all the sins new issue now online

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Posted by : Lisa

As the second edition of the digital literary and arts magazine that I co-edit is published, I had a think about what my role as an editor means for the way in which I face rejection in my own writing.

Looking for kindness

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Posted by : Lisa

These are emotionally-charged times and the desire to rage against the Trump/Brexit machinery is strong. Trump says he will be a president for all Americans, but the mass protests suggest otherwise. So what can I do to stop my incessant cycle of grumpiness?

Happy Bookshop Day!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Posted by : Lisa

Saturday 8 October marks the first national Bookshop Day and is designed to celebrate the vital role these magical portals play in our communities nationwide. With that in mind, I thought I'd share five reasons why you should get down to yours.

National Poetry Day

Friday, September 16, 2016

Posted by : Lisa

Think you don't like/can't write poetry? You haven't met the very talented Lucy Furlong. I'm excited to announce that I shall be helping this bloomin' marvellous poet - alongside my all the sins co-editor Sinead Keegan - to spread poetic joy and cheer this coming National Poetry Day - 6th October.

Welcome to The Great Puzzle

My name is Lisa Davison. It's also Lisa Andrews - because we are never just one thing at one time, and I'm terrible with choice. I've been a journalist and editor for the past 20 years, writing features on everything from how to be the perfect tamagotchi parent - Remember them? No? You missed out - to how an energy company steered a course through the banking crisis.


I was also an entertainment and film journo for Heat magazine and My expert knowledge on celebrity sex lives is so last century, but I do still hold the dubious distinction of being the only person to write anything positive enough about Battlefield Earth for it to end up on the DVD cover.*


In 2016, I set up the digital literary and arts magazine all the sins with my co-editor Sinéad Keegan.


The Great Puzzle started out as a place for me to waffle on about reading, writing and my unhealthy fascination with paper. Now, it's starting to become a place where I waffle on about, well, anything, really. I can't promise that the weird posts about my obsession with paper will stop, though. You can find out more about what I do on the cunningly-titled About page. Thanks for falling down the rabbit hole with me...


* The quote was 'fantastic special effects'. 

Alice And Curtain Final


A word from the wise:

'The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.' Terry Pratchet


This week I am mostly reading:

Connect: how companies succeed by engaging radically with society - John Browne, Robin Nuttall, Tommy Stadlen