* News from CWWL *


Our Summer Competition 2021 will soon be open!

We'll be receiving entries from anyone who has ever done one of our workshops - around my kitchen table or online. How to enter:


1. Register via Eventbrite - cost £5 entry (all proceeds split between the four winners). Deadline 30th May. [link coming soon]


2. Submit the first chapter of your novel / memoir, or a short story. Maximum 3,000 words. Deadline 18th July.


3. Join us for an awards ceremony in Chiswick in early September 2021 to meet other writers and hear if you've won!






Published by Blackbird Digital Books

 Order here from Amazon or Waterstones

Every betrayal has a consequence... one family... one summer... one woman

Tiger mum Anna, who gave up her career to build the perfect home life in London's leafy Chiswick, is shocked to the core when she discovers that her husband of 20 years is having an affair. Her daughter meanwhile is transforming into a tricky teen chopping at the apron strings.

Then Jack walks into their lives. Sophie’s first boyfriend is a breath of fresh air for the whole family, and Anna gradually discovers new purpose for herself.

But when more deceit creeps in, tensions soar, and Anna is propelled through a tangled web of secrets and lies towards a devastating climax.


Early reviews:


Just wonderful - absolutely without question one of my Books of the Year

Being Anne, Romantic Novelists Association Media Star of the Year, 2019


Now and again a book comes along that is so special you want to shout about it from the rooftops. Only Human is that book for me. 

The Book Magnet, book blogger


This is a stunning  book. Compelling, beautifully written, moving, believable. The kind of dramas we all face (or wish we did!)


Pam Billinge, author


I'm not surprised at all that Diane Chandler's Only Human has made the long list for the Not The Booker Prize. I adored this fabulously written book from the first page, falling in love with Anna immediately and feeling a connection with the whole family scenario... I could read it all over again and was quite saddened when it ended.

Goodreads reviewer



Intelligent, sophisticated, intense...the kind of book that I couldn't tear myself away from. If you want an intelligent, highly charged and pitch perfect portrait of middle class life and marriage, look no further 

Linda's Book Bag


This book occupies that elusive middle ground been literary fiction and the best of popular fiction, compulsively readable but quite beautifully written

Goodreads reviewer


Wow! Diane Chandler knows how to tell a story! Starts as it intends to go on, with an emotional punch. An easy five stars for me. 

Chataboutbooks, book blogger


How can you long for someone who doesn't exist?

Cat has always been in control of her life. Happily married to Dom, but flying high as a political lobbyist, she dismisses his desire to start a family ... until she herself is ready.

But what if it is then too late?


"An absorbing tale of romance, idealism, love, success, human frailty, vulnerability and imperfection... Chandler does not miss one twist or turn of the emotional rollercoaster that is an infertility journey"  



"Utterly beautiful... an outstanding novel that completely bewitched me from start to finish" THE BOOK MAGNET


"Insightful, poignant and profoundly touching"



"Chandler has created a masterpiece in wrapping a highly sensitive, emotive storyline with scenes of warmth and humour...will tug at your heart and never leave your mind"



"This novel will stay with me forever"



The Road to Donetsk won The People's Book Prize For Fiction 2016.


It is 1994 and an idealistic Vanessa Parker enters the world of international aid, bringing with her youth and passion to do good in the ‘Wild East’ of Ukraine after the sudden collapse of communism. The country and its people completely win her heart. As does Dan, a jaded American Deputy Bureau Chief of USAID...


"A touching love story that illuminates the aid business. Compelling and enjoyable." 

CLARE SHORT (former Secretary of State for International Development)


"Lifts the lid on aid."

LYNN CURTIS, literary consultant


"I felt for the characters, their pain, their frustration, and their joy... it had the kind of emotion that keeps me turning the pages of a book long past when I should have put it down."




main photo credit www.chiswickbuzz.net