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.

It's time to talk...

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Posted by : Lisa

So, this is a bit odd. I've never talked about my infertility openly before but Andrea Leadsom's interview in The Times has done something I didn't expect - make me take a leap of faith

Non-planner's guide to planning

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Posted by : Lisa

Why is it that when you're trying to write the thing you should be writing - i.e. the novel - your brain decides to do a little dogleg and tell you that what you really should be doing is writing about how rubbish you are at planning? Procrastination? Don't get me started. For now, I give an amateur's eye view of how to plan when you're rubbish at planning.

Where do we go from here?

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Posted by : Lisa

In the past week I have become a remain zombie, one of millions wandering the streets muttering things like 'oh dear' and 'we better get on with it' and 'yes, it is a democracy, but was a plan too much to ask for?'

I've voted in

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Posted by : Lisa

The Davison household trotted off to their local polling station today - Mr Davison hilariously reminding me not to cross the 'wrong' box. Just in case I can sway any final undecideds, I thought I'd share my - very personal - reasons for voting in on this sultry June day.

I wrote something...

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Posted by : Lisa

Today a woman went to work and did her job. This evening she will not go home to her husband and kids because a man who allegedly did not like her politics shot and stabbed her. I didn't know what else to do but write something.

When lists go bad

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Posted by : lisa

This time last year I had the genius idea of creating a list of things I wanted to achieve in my 39th year. Loads of other people had done similar things and it seemed ripe with possibility. What could possibly go wrong?

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