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I’m sure you’ll agree that life appears to just get busier and busier; each time I near the end of one ‘to-do’ list, another materialises before I can even consider a break. Whether it is the demands of a job; or the persistence of children; or even just those niggly little jobs that life requires of us, (like the washing – ugh, washing). For me, a busier life has meant that I have struggled to find time to fit in my reading – novels have been taking so long to read that I am finding myself losing interest without really giving them a chance. Last month, I decided to spend some time with shorter forms for writing that I could read in one sitting. The impact was instant – not only did I get back into a consistent rhythm of reading, I also found myself taking regular short breaks that have done wonders for my well-being.

It was the 8th of December last year; I had just stepped through the door after a long day at work and I decided to check my phone for any late emails… The effects of a tough day quickly vanished when I read that I had been successful in becoming a Publicity and Marketing Intern at The Emma Press! This amazing opportunity came as part of my Publishing MA at York St. John.

Imogen Davies has been doing a work placement with us for the last few months, as part of her Publishing MA at York St John University. We asked her to pick out some books from our catalogue and write a blog about them, so here it is - take it away, Imogen!

Although it’s been about a year since the romance drama Normal People was brought to our screens, it’s difficult to log into social media without eventually scrolling past an artfully taken photo of the book or screen capture of the show, featuring a devastating quote, or perhaps more likely, discussion on Paul Mescal’s engagement. The show is a heart-achingly accurate portrayal of love and all the embarrassments, joys and complications it brings.

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