Category Archives: Books

The Houdini of Hounslow #shortstory #lifeinagrainofsand

Hounslow Boys’ Home 1931 ‘You ready?’ ‘I ain’t sure, Jim.’ ‘You comin’ or ain’t you?’ ‘I suppose. I just never done nuffin’ like this.’ ‘S’easy. Just grab the top of the wall.’ ‘Oi! What are you boys doing?’ ‘Oh cripes, … Continue reading

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Money Can’t Buy You Happiness Brownies #food #cake #fridgemanagement #nadiyahussain

I found myself in the kitchen, feeling a bit trapped. See, I’ve been writing – rewriting, really – my first fantasy/comedy book and it needed a real go at the plumbing. But the untangling itself became tangled and all I … Continue reading

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The Sincerest Form Of Poetry #poems #poetry

I have, at last decided to bite an awkward shaped bullet and publish some of my poetry. I have a title (see above), a cover (below) and enough poems to warrant its being called a ‘book’. Publication date is still … Continue reading

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Walking Into Trouble #newbook #launch

This spring I’ve done something I really wondered if it would ever happen. I finished the first book I ever wrote and have punched and pummelled it into a state that it is not only fit to be published but … Continue reading

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Mr Dandy and the Chalk Door #shortstory #lifeinagrainofsand

Lucy loved her daddy, but he was a very important man and she knew she mustn’t disturb him at work. Her mummy had brought her in to see him – her mummy had been angry with him; Lucy didn’t understand … Continue reading

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Walking Into Trouble #newbook #cover

When asked the common question ‘when did you start writing?’ I can pinpoint it with unusual accuracy to a summer school writing class at Marlborough College in the second week of July 2006. After that week ended, I went with … Continue reading

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Lotus Flower And The Seven Otters #shortstory

A little tale from a while back… They were called, oldest first: Oily, Fishy, Stinky, Slick, Nipper, Night Owl and Colin, and so far as it went they rubbed along okay, keeping the rivers clear of debris and providing fish … Continue reading

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Pearl Barley – The Background To Secular Exorcism #amwriting

I have been encouraged by some rash followers of this blog to consider writing a full length book with the main character being Pearl Barley, trainee exorcist who has appeared here several times already. I have begun to give into … Continue reading

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Life In A Conversation #booklaunch

So it’s nearly ready to go. On 28th February my latest compilation of short fiction is available. Here’s the little link to take you to it. To reward you for even coming this far and reading this, I’ve put all … Continue reading

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Life in a Conversation And A Bit About Me

I have revealed a bit about what makes me write over at PJ’s blog. You might like to visit and see if it resonates. Oh, and I have a book coming out. Didn’t I say? via Life in a Conversation

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