Dead Men

Dead Men

Today was truly amazing. Richard Pierce had his book launch at the Natural History Museum. I knew it was going to be amazing, because Richard is one of those rare authors who have actually been involved with the places that they are talking about, not just passing through. I first encountered Richard on Harper Collins website, Authomony, in 2008. I posted the very rough chapters of my novel Custard, Cats and Consequences and went looking to see what else was out there. I came across Richard’s novel Bee Bones, and realised then that I was in the presence of...

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Reading Matters

Reading Matters

Ever since I first learned to read books have enthralled and fascinated me in a way that almost nothing else has. I have had a love affair with the printed word since I used to fall asleep reading them. Despite admonitions from my mother about ruining my eyesight, I used to read by torchlight under the covers. I began with the usual children’s books, Little Grey Rabbit, the Beatrix Potter collection, but it didn’t take long for me to branch out. I read voraciously. Even in class at school, I used to have a paperback concealed within the pages...

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What I got up to over the Christmas break!

What I got up to over the Christmas break!

こんにちは Eh? Yes, I can hear you scratching your head. I understand. Why would I start this off with a foreign word, especially one that very few people reading this can probably read? To put you out of your misery, this is ‘Konnichi wa’ which is the romaji (western) spelling of that kanji. Japanese. That was one of the many things that I started to get up to over Christmas. The rest I will introduce you to in the next few weeks, but I am starting today with a language, partly because I can, and partly because I know...

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Plan B…

Plan B…

Or how to survive Christmas without really trying! When I was a child, there used to be a tv programme called “Why don’t you just switch off your television set and go and do something less boring instead!” No honestly, that was its name. Setting aside the obvious… the message is a simple one. There is more to life than tv. Which is the exact problem with Christmas. Unless you have a big family get together, you have the telly. Whilst Christmas might not be Christmas without The Towering Inferno, or The Great Escape, the thought of sitting through...

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