Category Archives: Books

Improving My Mind, Understanding My Body #reading #nonfiction

I suppose it’s no surprise. This pandemic has been a forced education for a lot of us as to how the body works, or doesn’t, what antibodies do, what are T cells and RNA based vaccines. It’s a bit ghoulish, … Continue reading

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Sugar And Snails

I was completing a questionnaire the other day and one on the list was who inspired me to take up blogging. That would be Anne Goodwin who I met on a writer’s course a couple of years before. We bonded … Continue reading

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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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