The Phraser – an apology and an explanation

My desk - it's been busy

My desk – it’s been busy

Dear Reader,

In case you’re there, and wondering where I might be, this is an apology for the silence, and an explanation … two explanations. The first is sad, and the second is hopeful.

  1. I’ve just been to Scotland for the funeral of a wonderful lady and friend; and
  2. I’m tidying up The Phraser to make it easier to navigate, and to prepare for a new focus on all things to do with books.

The site should be ready and gleaming by the end of the month. Meanwhile, I hope you have the time to do some browsing – The Phraser is open for that.

I look forward to getting back to you, and wish you good reading and good company … always!


Thanks for the views and the help

Hello 2016! Fireworks on the Bay of Naples, Italy

Hello 2016! Fireworks on the Bay of Naples, Italy

Hello 2016! Fireworks on the Bay of Naples, Italy

A calendar year done in Naples, Italy – it’s been a privilege to be in a city as old and as loved as this one.

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Blog hopping: Savannabel … and a note about me

Annabel’s blog is beautiful – photographs to feast the soul and recipes that snap all the senses back to life. As for the setting I know it is everything it claims and many elephants more.

A thousand thanks to Annabel for the boost she gave to my morale by including me in this blog hop. Blogging is like releasing carrier pigeons – a little attention to the pigeons at their journey’s end and then they’ve a real chance to make it home again to fly another day.

Copyright Georgie Knaggs & The Phraser 2018


A month or so ago, Molly Moynahan, a novelist and writing teacher living in Chicago, invited me to participate in a Blogger Hop, something I’d never heard about being such a newbie to the blogosphere. It’s an opportunity, Molly later explained, to open up the genre and introduce your blog to new readers. Molly’s blog is don’t you know who I am? (Click on the link to take a look.) When I realized the caliber of blogger in whose ‘hop’ I was being asked to contribute, I felt a little daunted, but also privileged. So, with gratitude to Molly, below is my post, which isn’t about food, nature or lifestyle in the Zambezi Valley. It’s a post that focuses on the writing process. Mine to be precise. Molly, meanwhile, writes about her process here.

Heading down to our seedling garden with the dogs. Heading down to our seedling garden with the dogs.

What am I working on?

I hadn’t written much since completing a political memoir in 2010. Writing that book was like running…

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