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.

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Looking for kindness

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Posted by : Lisa

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?

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