In the summer of 2016 I read a fantastic novel called “Missing, Presumed“. WOW! What a series debut! The characterization was nothing short of stellar. Here is a brief quote from my review of “Missing, presumed“:
“And the police… I LOVED the police in this one! Central to the story is single, thirty-nine year old Manon Bradshaw. I loved the bones of her. So human, so flawed, yet all the more likable because of it.”
I was fortunate to interview Susie Steiner on Fictionophile. Click the graphic below to read the interview:Since then I have read the second Manon Bradshaw title “Persons Unknown” and enjoyed it just as much. My review of “Persons Unknown“.
Now, I am 60% of the way through Susie Steiner’s “Remain Silent“, the third novel to feature my all-time favourite protagonist, Manon Bradshaw. As is my usual practice, it is at about this juncture that I start to plot out my review and research the author a bit more.
It was kismet when I logged on this morning to discover an article in the Guardian which features Steiner.
Needless to say, I was blown away – both by the tragic news that Susie Steiner has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Glioblastoma and the fact that she is also going blind!
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Guardian article as it described in some part how she went about the research and preparation for her newest Bradshaw novel “Remain Silent“. It also expounded on how reading books helped her endure her ordeal.
All fans of Susie Steiner should read the Guardian article. It will make you realize that some people have almost insurmountable challenges in their daily lives and it will make you feel grateful to be alive and realize that your problems are not as bad as you thought they were.
Susie Steiner is a former Guardian journalist. She was a commissioning editor for that paper for eleven years and prior to that worked for The Times, The Daily Telegraph, and the Evening Standard.
Susie has written extensively about losing her eyesight to Retinitis Pigmentosa. She is registered fully blind and lives in London with her husband and two children. In May 2019 she was diagnosed with a brain tumour (Grade 4 Glioblastoma) and has spent most of 2019 undergoing treatment: six hours of brain surgery, chemo radiation, and six cycles of chemotherapy.
She lives in London with her husband and two sons.
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