Marthe Bijman (left) reads for pleasure and in order to write reviews for this website, for certain publishers and, on special request for certain authors. To earn a living, she is a professional proposal writer and runs a communications and Geoscience consultancy called Red Pennant Communications. She likes Literary Fiction and Science Fiction, finds the translated work of Chinese and Scandinavian authors particularly interesting and is a fan of Star Trek and James Bond – but otherwise her taste in literature is eclectic. She lives on the outskirts of Vancouver, Canada, and works on a big old iMac and various other PCs and Apple gadgets. Behind her house is a small forest which is home to a black bear – which serves to remind her that she is in Canada where not everything has been conquered and civilized. She is bilingual in English and Afrikaans, and also competent in Dutch and German, and fastidious about spelling and grammar. She has written six collections of poetry, illustrated with her photos and paintings. Until which time she discovers someone else who takes reviewing as seriously as she does, all the reviews on this website, except for one, are produced by her, though she listens to her mother’s views on particular books, and those of her husband, who is better at Science, Maths and History than she is. And better at photography too. Why does she do it? Habit, probably.
“This website would not exist without readers and I am actually writing to those mostly faceless readers. This is my website, and within the boundaries of the law, I write whatever I please on it.” – M. Bijman
Has she got a leg to stand on for all these opinions?
Her qualifications include: Writing dedicated book reviews for publication since 2006 | B.A. (Linguistics & Psychology) | B.A. Honours (European Languages) | Honours B. Journ. (Journalism) | H. Dip. Education (Secondary language teaching) | M.A. (Applied Linguistics and Literary Sciences) | Certificate in Adult Basic Education and Training | Master Trainer: Suggestopædia – TOEFL | Certificates in Criterion Referenced Instruction & Instructional Module Development | Diploma in Interior Decorating | Association of Proposal Management Professionals APMP-Foundation | CPRP | APR
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