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‘Disturbance’ by Marianne Kavanagh

‘Disturbance’ is a new book from local author, Marianne Kavanaugh, which is published in hardback this week.

Sara lives with her husband Mike, a successful entrepreneur, and their two sons in the Old Rectory, a large house hidden behind tall hedges in a small village. Mike, perceived by his friends to be the doting father and loving husband, is currently working at home and is becoming increasingly angry and irritable. Sara feels isolated and lonely.

When eighteen-year-old Katie, a student living in the village, rings the doorbell and offers to walkSara’s dog, a new friendship develops. Katie is young and full of energy, the perfect antidote to Sara’sbullying husband. Katie encourages her to get out and about and meet the neighbours. When a shocking accident happens in the house, and Mike’s sister arrives from Australia and begins asking awkward questions, disturbing truths emerge.

Nothing is quite what it seems. Innocence and guilt are not clear cut. This is a novel about the secrets within a marriage and relationships under so much pressure they crack. It’s an extraordinary psychological drama about fragility and revenge with a twist that you simply don’t see coming.

‘So subtly done, and well achieved, and horrifyingly, hilariously believable – just the blackest ofdelights.’ JENN ASHWORTH, author of Fell

‘A massively enjoyable book – creepy, funny, surprising and absolutely unputdownable… Myonly wish is that I hadn’t finished it so quickly.’ DAISY WAUGH

‘There’s such a powerful mood of unease about Disturbance. I read through my fingers, prayingmy suspicions weren’t true…’ LOUISE CANDLISH, author of Our House

‘A dark, disturbing slow burn of a novel that I consumed with an increasing and justified sense of foreboding.’ FANNY BLAKE

‘With a delicious sense of creeping menace, an uncertainty about where truth lies and with mounting claustrophobic tension, Marianne Kavangah’s novel offers a pleasingly dark taleon the much-vaunted attractions of English village life.’ STELLA DUFFY

Disturbance by Marianne Kavanagh
Published by Hodder & Stoughton, 21st March 2019,  Hardback £18.99

NDLTC Charity Mixed Davis Cup

North Dulwich Lawn Tennis Club are hosting a Davis Cup style tennis tournament on Saturday 30th March to raise money for VICTA and Leukaemia UK.

Each team has been assigned to one of 8 nations for the day and will dress up, bring along food and in the evening perform a karaoke song relevant to their country, so it should be an amazing event with 50-100 people in attendance and raising over £1000 for the charities.

Non-members and guests are more than welcome to watch, eat, drink and party in the evening with a great raffle and bake sale.

All the money raised from the event going towards two amazing charities:

1) VICTA – a charity which supports and empowers blind and partially sighted children and young adults in the UK.

2) Leukaemia UK – a charity which funds research into all blood cancers and offers essential care and facilities for blood cancer patients.

NDLTC Charity Mixed Davis Cup

Saturday 30th March

1pm-5pm + Evening Entertainment.

£15 Entry


Pets Corner: Dental hygiene for pets

Clean, sparkly teeth are important for human health but pets also benefit from regular dental care. A little training and regular inspections not only help save your pet from costly veterinary interventions and the risks of general anaesthetic, but will keep them healthier overall. There is of course the additional benefit of avoiding the breath of death!


Teach your puppy to be comfortable having his whole mouth and throat inspected and work towards cleaning those teeth. This is best achieved in tiny stages, using one of a variety of specialist enzymatic toothpastes. Please never use human toothpaste as this could be poisonous. A good vet practice or puppy class will teach you how to start with a good daily dental routine. Even elderly dogs can be taught to have their teeth cleaned!  Before brushing, get into the habit of looking and feeling inside your dog’s mouth. Bad breath, red, swollen or bleeding gums, yellow or brown plaque, lumps and bumps can all be signs of a problem. An additional benefit is that if your dog accepts you exploring his mouth it may be easier to remove something dangerous on the rare occasion you might have to.


Teaching felines to have their teeth inspected and brushed will be more difficult, much depends on how tolerant the cat is about handling in general. It is best to start young and always use specialist toothpaste. Begin by getting the puss to lick tuna water or similar off your fingers and slowly increase contact with the gums and teeth before progressing to doing the same with toothpaste on your fingers and then on a q tip. Learn to cradle your cat from behind, cupping his chin and gently lift each lip before cleaning the teeth. A quality diet and access to appropriate raw bones and chews, will help keep teeth clean in both cats and dogs, but seek veterinary advice first. Be alert to signs of a dental problem. Cats are often better at hiding pain than are dogs. Fastidious cats that suddenly become messy eaters or reluctant to eat, should be checked at the vet. 


Rabbits have teeth that never stop growing. Front teeth that grow too long or are misaligned can interfere with grooming and eating. Rabbit teeth should be checked every week and you should train your bunny to be comfortable with this. Rabbits that are in pain will often hunch their bodies and grind their teeth and painful teeth also cause rabbits to dribble. Do not try to trim your rabbit’s teeth at home. This is a job for the vet. A quality, high fibre diet will help wear down rabbit teeth naturally.


Birds do not have teeth but their beaks require care and even clipping. Beaks are made up of living tissues, the outer layer is rather like human fingernails and it grows. Wild birds have many opportunities to wear down their beaks looking for food, nest building and so on. Pet birds do not have the same freedom. Owners often think a beak has overgrown when it has not but home trims are dangerous; it is always best to get veterinary advice. Depending on the bird’s size your vet will use a dremel or emery file, to gently file the beak.  Instead owners should provide home enrichment, allowing pets to file their beaks naturally. Cuttlefish is ideal for smaller birds while sturdy wooden chew toys are great for larger birds. Finally, appropriate hard foods, like nuts and seeds are ideal.

Leonie St Clair|

The Dulwich Society’s Spring Gardens Talk

Helen Yemm

This year, the Dulwich Society’s Spring talk will be given by Helen Yemm, who writes the weekly Thorny Problems column in The Telegraph. Helen’s talk, “The modern cottage garden” builds on her experience of establishing gardens in both London and in West Sussex, where she now lives.  Helen’s books include the RHS Grow your own flowers and Gardening in Pyjamas: horticultural advice for obsessive dawn raiders.

After the talk there will be an opportunity to meet Helen over a glass of wine.

Tickets are £10 each (including a glass of wine) and may be purchased through (search “Dulwich Society”), or by sending a cheque payable to the “Dulwich Society” and SAE to Jeremy Prescott, 142 Court Lane, London SE21 7EB.

Enquiries to CarolBritton

Spring Gardens Talk
7.30pm on Wednesday 10thApril
at Alleyn’s School, Townley Road, London SE22 8SU

The Last Word: Jessica Rose, founder of London Jewellery School

Hello I’m Jessica Rose I Live in Forest Hill and am the Founder of the London Jewellery School and Jewellers Academy. We teach jewellery-making skills to people of all walks of life including silver-work, stone setting,metal clay, beading, glass and business skills. I am also mummy to a lovely (almost) 2 year old boy.

How long have you lived in the area?

A long time, I grew up in Dulwich moved around south London for a while in my early 20s and moved to Forest Hill around 4 years ago. I love it!

What brought you here?

Havelock walk – that is where I live and the houses are so beautiful and unique. I love that many of them are also artists/ creative studios and the community that creates. I am a jeweller and I help other jewellers to run successful jewellery businesses online with the Jewellers Academy so being part of a creative community was invaluable to me.

What has changed most during that time?

Lots of new coffee shops – which is my idea of heaven. I love Canvas and Cream, St Davids and it is great to have a bunch of others to try too. I work from home a lot so these are great mini-trips out in the day. And having a toddler makes coffee essential!

Where are you likely to be found on Saturday?

The Horniman is a regular for us. We are so lucky to have such a great resource on our doorstep I can remember my parents taking me to see the fish when I was little and my little one loves it now. Also a big fan of brunch so mayo park or C&C is great for that too.

When I want to relax…

The mind, body, therapy centre has some incredible massages, the hot stone is my personal favorite but all are amazing. They also have a sauna, which is on my list to try. The fact that they are walking distance from my house is perfect for a stroll home after a relaxing massage.

What do you most value about the area/street you live in?

The bi-annual open studios on Havelock walk are brilliant, if you haven’t been I recommend it. There are lots of lovely artists and crafters selling their work, music, a lovely vibe and usually a pizza van or two (they park outside our house and give us free pizza!). It is wonderful to have all that on your doorstep.

Do you belong to any groups?

Yes, the cooking with scissors monthly local business networking event, I joined recently and it is a great place to meet local entrepreneurs and small business owners. I also really enjoy the Featured in 15 events at the Signal Pub each month, they are very inspiring ted-style 15 min talks around a topic. A great way to spend an evening.

Come and make jewellery with us!

London Jewellery School:

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This article first appeared in the March 2019 issue of SE23 magazine.