Wife, mother, hen keeper, writer


Since I started this blog in January 2013 it has moved in a number of different directions. I started out writing about my life and family, sharing my opinions on a variety of subjects: hen keeping; politics; my inability to cook; religion; social anxiety; parenting. If I was thinking about it then chances were I would write it down.

In 2014 I started to post more reviews of the books I was reading and within a few months realised I had morphed into what is known as a Book Blogger. I had joined a vibrant and friendly community of writers who share their literary love on social media.

As well as posting my reviews here I put them up on Amazon, where I am a Top 500 Reviewer, and on Goodreads, where I am a Top 1% Reviewer. My aim is to inform readers and support those who provide us with books. What I write will always be my honest opinion so not necessarily positive. No book will be enjoyed by everyone and nobody will enjoy every book they read.

I have conducted a series of author interviews, thereby enabling me to learn more about the writers behind some of the books I review. I have also published a series of interviews with independent publishers. I have a particular fondness for books published by the small presses and was delighted to be named a Literary Hero by Influx in 2016.

In recent years I have been attending more literary events. I try to write these up from notes taken on the night to give a flavour of the talks, discussions and questions asked of the various authors and other participants.

My writing adventure thus far has also taken me beyond this blog. I have written articles for sites such as Writers & Artists and Visit Bath. My reviews have been published by on line ‘zines, including Structo, and in the Sheffield Telegraph. One of my reviews was translated for inclusion in a work of criticism to be published in Mexico. I was on the judging panels for the 2017 Not the Booker prize and the 2017 Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses. In 2018 I was invited to join the judging panel for the Link Age Southwark 25th Birthday Writing Competition. I am a regular contributor to Bookmunch.

Occasionally I write short stories, mainly micro and flash fiction. This pursuit has given me an insight into the skill and hard work required to create the books that give readers so much pleasure. I post my creations on my sister blog, Dreams and Demons. I have no plans to take my fiction writing any further – you may thank me for that.

If you would like me to review a book then please be aware that I do not read ebooks. There are also certain genres that I do my best to avoid as I am unlikely to enjoy them. You may check out my review policy by clicking here.

In June 2020 I took on an intern as an additional reviewer. Her reading preferences differ to mine and she will accept ebooks. Her bio – Robyn – may be found on the menu above.

Never Imitate remains my personal blog and I will not limit the topics I choose to write about. I hope that followers will accept this and enjoy the eclectic nature of some of my posts.

If you would like to know more about me then I am active on the following:

New followers on whichever site you choose give me a warm, fuzzy feeling. Thank you for that.

23 comments on “Wife, mother, hen keeper, writer

  1. […] be nothing without the regular participation we get each week from folks like Rob, Meredith, and Zeudytigre, and I thank you all for sharing your memories with us. We have a lot in store for next year. […]

  2. Hi! I have really enjoyed your blog! I love your stories and the way you write! I have nominated you for a Sisterhood of the World Blogger’s Award. You can check out this link to see how to participate: http://driftingthrough.com/2014/01/20/sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/ I hope you accept! Thank you for sharing your writing with the rest of us!

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  4. Hi, I just wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Liebster Award. Thanks for your contributions to the community. I really enjoy your blog. Mel

  5. Lydia Devadason says:

    Hey, I love your blog and have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. I hope this is something you would like to participate in but of course, I understand if this is something that is not of interest to you or if you do not have enough time. If you are interested, please follow the link below.

    • zeudytigre says:

      Thank you so much 🙂 I was fortunate enough to have been nominated for this before, but truly appreciate you choosing to include me in your list of nominations.

  6. What a warm and welcoming “about” page. I like you already (and not because you said nice things about my story!)
    We have a lot in common (middle age, teenagers, cooking and life) and I’m eager to read more 🙂

  7. ContactRida says:

    i’ve never met anyone from Wiltshire, England. is it anything like EastEnders:) haha. look forward to reading your tales…

    • zeudytigre says:

      Hello and welcome. Rural Wiltshire, where I live, is nothing like Eastenders, which is based in London. Well except that we speak English, and everyone seems to know everyone else in the village, and they all like to gossip, especially when down at the pub. Doesn’t sound so different after all when I think about it 😉

  8. Catherine says:

    Hello. I’m putting together a blogger contact list and I’d love to include you. Can you e-mail me please? Thanks.

  9. hay mated! wuld you like to review my new book? im a awther and i rite kwirky cozy mystery bookz with mama (of korse i do most of the werk but mama iz a good kopy editor)! our main karakter iz a bear frum inglund iz a fotografer and drivedz a mini kooper. here are the book linkz so pleeze have a look and see if you wuld like to reviewed them or evin do a interview with me (and mama). you kan email me at teddytedaloo @ googlemail.com or send me a tweeted @teddytedaloo

    cheerz mated!

    rotten peaches (the thelonious t bear chronicles)

    normal for norfolk (the thelonious t bear chronicles)

  10. […] Never Imitate – I almost met NI at a book launch earlier this year, and I love the title of her blog […]

  11. RB says:

    Hi there…sorry to learn you don’t accept self published authors. Looking forward to interacting on Twitter 🙂

  12. Jim says:

    Do you happen to know whether the award-winning annotated edition of T. S. Eliot’s Poems has been reviewed in the blogosphere? John Sutherland said in the Spectator’s books of the year that the edition “will last for as long as poetry is read”, but I’ve not seen book-bloggers’ opinions.

  13. Kalee Brown says:

    Hey Jackie!
    Really enjoyed your reviews on Infinite Jest, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and Slaughterhouse 5. All interesting reads!
    It made me think you might like 3 Books with Neil Pasricha. It’s the world’s only podcast by and for book lovers, writers, makers, sellers… and librarians.
    Each chapter discusses the three most formative books of an inspiring individual (i.e., Judy Blume, Mitch Albom, Frank Warren, Gretchen Rubin, Tim Urban, etc.)
    The show is 100% ad free, sponsor free, monetization free. Just a celebration of books. I work with Neil and would be happy to share more about the show if you like.
    Of course, my big question is: WHO would you love to see on the show? Part of my job is finding the Judy Blumes and Mitch Alboms of the world and arranging for Neil to visit and chat books.
    I’m a huge book nerd myself so it’s kind of a dream job. Hope you check it out. Absolutely no worries if not of course!

  14. 'bel says:

    I love the Teddy Bear article! I found it doing research for a talk I will be giving about my Hug. Thank you, it brightened up my day.

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