Dear Lucifer: Reboot

While to all outwards appearances Dear Lucifer and Other Stories still looks the same, it has gone through somewhat of a transformation under the hood. Read More…
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Brand New Cover – No Way Home

I am very happy to announce that my short story collection No Way Home has had a makeover and has a brand-new cover! Read More…
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Music Club: Scarlatti – Euridice dall'Inferno

Today, I’ve been listening to an album of music by Alessandro Scarlatti, performed by Ars Lyrica Houston. Read More…
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Performance

Every action is a performance.
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Questionable answers?

Recently I answered some questions on Goodreads on how I approach writing in general, how I deal with the challenges of writing, and what I'm working on. Read More…
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Beth Gibbons - Symphony of Sorrowful Songs

Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs) performed by Beth Gibbons and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki.

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No Way Home: On Google Play!

I am delighted to announce that my short story collection No Way Home is available now on Google Play! Read More…
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Giveaway

You can keep your body but if you give away your mind, you lose everything.
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Dear Lucifer: On Google Play!

I am delighted to announce that my short story collection Dear Lucifer and Other Stories is available now on Google Play! Read More…
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From Dear Lucifer: The Last Moment

While you are waiting, dear readers, for my novel Escape to be published, I wanted to give you something to whet your appetite. Read More…
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How much do I owe you?

Introducing the DBSM for calculating the cost of shared holidays

You know the scenario. A friend or family member says they’re hiring a villa for two weeks in the summer and you’re welcome to join them for as long as you can make it. Not just you, of course, but everyone else on their friends list. Read More…
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Writing Process: Surveillance Capitalism

In October, I talked about a couple of books that I had found very inspiring for an as-yet unnamed book that I am writing about a dystopian future. Read More…
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Search me!

In November, I added something to this site that I realised was essential, and was surprised that I hadn’t thought of adding before: a contact form. Read More…
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Build the Hedge

Instead of a wall, whether concrete or steel, why doesn’t Trump build a nice hedge? Read More…
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I Could Write a Book

I Could Write a Book by Dinah Washington

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Happy holidays!

’Tis the season to be merry and be full of festive cheer but, with the new year approaching, it is also a time of reflection and contemplation. Read More…
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Christmas Vintage Books: British Deer

In the eleventh of this series of books from my father’s collection, I wanted to give you something a little more Christmassy. Read More…
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No Way Home – On The Move!

The design for my new book No Way Home was by the brilliant David Löwe.

Here on Instagram he has turned it into an animation. Read More…
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Book Giveaway for Reviewers!

Would you like a free copy of my new short story collection No Way Home? Read More…
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The State of the Nation

The path to self destruction is illuminated in neon and we’re heading straight for it.
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No Way Home ... Out Now!

My new short story collection No Way Home is out now on Apple Books, Amazon and Kobo. Read More…
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No Way Home ON APPLE BOOKS FOR PRE-ORDER

My new short story collection No Way Home is now available for pre-order on Apple Books, as well as Amazon and Kobo. Read More…
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Stations of the Soul: FREE For 5 Days Only

To celebrate the launch of my short short collection No Way Home on December 16, grab my story Stations of the Soul for free for five days only! Read More…
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Mozartian mind grease

How do you keep going when you have a looming writing deadline or overwhelming word count to achieve, or when you’re writing something that is far outside your comfort zone? Read More…
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Tumblring over Freedom of Expression

What does ‘freedom of expression’ mean? Does it mean you can say what you like, whenever you like, wherever you like, to whomever you like? No, it clearly doesn’t. We have to respect rights of our audience as an equal individual, and to respect their background and their feelings. That much is obvious, and that is why we have laws against, for example, racism, intolerance and incitement to hatred. Read More…
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No Way Home AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

My new short story collection No Way Home is available for pre-order now on Amazon and Kobo.* Read More…
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Hip-Hop Was To Blame After All

Hip-Hop Was To Blame After All by Mr.B The Gentleman Rhymer


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Contact

I’ve just added an update to the site that should have been there a long time ago, but I never got around to: a contact form! Read More…
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One Day Left To Grab Deathcast for FREE!!

There’s one day left to grab your free copy of my story Deathcast to celebrate the launch of my new story Stations of the Soul! Read More…
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Brexit

Brexit is the greatest democratic expression of fear, doubt and paranoia of our era.
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Deathcast: FREE For 5 Days Only

To celebrate the launch of my new story Stations of the Soul, grab my story Deathcast for free for five days only! Read More…
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Men

Men consider women’s bodies to be objects, not the extension of a person’s character or soul. This is one of the greatest problems that we face in this world.
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Stations of the Soul ... Out Now!

New story out now: Stations of the Soul Read More…
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Vintage Books: Victoriana

In the tenth of this series of books from my father’s collection, I’ve chosen Victoriana, by James Laver. Read More…
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Stations of the Soul AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER!

I have a new story available for pre-order: Stations of the Soul Read More…
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Fragile

One of the things that we admire about porcelain is its delicate fragility. We should learn to do the same for people.
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Where are we now?

Finally I am here, back at my desk from a long period away with work, work, work, and I'm slowly trying to get my mind back into the space of writing fiction. Read More…
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Deathcast ... Out Now!

New story out now: Deathcast Read More…
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Thank you, The Bestseller Experiment

I think I’ve always been a writer. My mother likes to talk about the poetry and short stories I wrote when I was knee-high to a grasshopper. Certainly for as long as I can remember, I have been creating stories, characters, conversations, scenes and even entire fictional worlds, and lived so deeply in my favourite books that it feels, looking back, as if fiction was more real to me than reality. Read More…
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Vintage Books: Carnation Manual

In the ninth of this series of books from my father’s collection, I’ve chosen The Carnation Manual, edited and issues by The National Carnation and Picotee Society (Southern Section). Read More…
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Screen Grab: FREE For 5 Days Only

To celebrate the upcoming launch of my new story Deathcast, grab my story Screen Grab for free for five days only! Read More…
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Normal

Normal is measured against our ideal of human behaviour, but when we measure it against actual human behaviour, 'normal' looks very different indeed.
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Deathcast AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER!

I have a new story available for pre-order: Deathcast Read More…
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Writing Process: Research

I am doing some (well, lots, actually) of research for a novel I am working on. The idea has been gestating for a long time, but I needed some inspiration to help me give it more shape. Read More…
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Screen Grab ... Out Now!

New story out now: Screen Grab Read More…
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The No Way: Tackling the Uncertainty Overload

In our modern life, we are bombarded by two things: information and choice. Read More…
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Screen Grab AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER!

I have a new story available for pre-order: Screen Grab Read More…
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Dog

A dog is the consolation prize for the lonely.
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Dear Lucifer Design Process

The cover design process for my book Dear Lucifer and Other Stories by the brilliant David Löwe. Read More…
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I Will Magnify Thee

Chandos Anthem No.5 in A, "I Will Magnify Thee, O God", HWV 250c, by George Frideric Handel.

Artists: Lynne Dawson, soprano; Patrizia Kwella, soprano; James Bowman, countertenor; Ian Partridge, tenor; Michael George; bass; The Sixteen, on period instruments, directed by Harry Christophers.

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Overheard #3

A grey-haired man whispering into the ear of his wife while walking through the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition: “I need something like that to make my moongate.”
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Coat

We all have to wear a coat to protect us when expose ourselves to the world. It’s just that I need a thicker coat than most.
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Man

Flip-flops, shorts, close-cropped hair and a checked shirt tight over his squat, bull-like body. Read More…
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Alone

You are never truly alone when you know someone loves you.
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Obsessing

Obsessing by Kilo Kish

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Dear Lucifer ON SALE!!!

Dear Lucifer & Other Stories is ON SALE for Two Weeks Only! Read More…
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Vintage Books: Bee-Keepers

In the eighth of this series of books from my father’s collection, I’ve chosen The British Bee-Keeper’s Guide Book, produced by the British Bee Journal, which was itself the second of the series. Read More…
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Ready for editing...

Sending the next story from my upcoming collection Read More…
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Vintage Books: Pig Keeping

In the seventh of this series of books from my father’s collection, I’ve chosen Pig Keeping, by Geoffrey Morgan. Read More…
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Overheard #2

An exasperated American woman to her friend while walking along Regent’s Canal in London: “Who the fuck hand-washes glasses anyway?”
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Dear Lucifer ... Out Now!

My new book Dear Lucifer & Other Stories is out now… Read More…
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Soukura

Soukura by Alsarah & The Nubatones

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Dear Lucifer and Other Stories AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER!

I have a new ebook available for pre-order: Dear Lucifer & Other Stories Read More…
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Vintage Books: Stage-Land

In the sixth of this series of books from my father’s collection, I’ve chosen Stage-Land, by Jerome K. Jerome. Read More…
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Clarity

Sometimes, when the drink has gripped my soul, I see more clearly than I have done at any other time. Read More…
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Life

I used to think that life happened all by itself. It took me a long time to realise that you have to make it happen.
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Overheard #1

An exasperated American woman to her friends while walking along the Arno in Florence, Italy: “I mean, you don’t need dick every night of your life.”
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My New Book (+ a free short story)

I have a new book coming out! (Soon…) Read More…
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Vintage Books: Floricultural Cabinet

In the fifth of this series of books from my father’s collection, I’ve chosen The Floricultrural Cabinet and Florists’ Magazine. Read More…
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The Loneliest Guy

The Loneliest Guy, David Bowie, Reality

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Vintage Books: Meat Inspection

In the fourth of this series of books from my father’s collection, I’ve chosen A Guide to Meat Inspection for Regimental Officers. Read More…
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Vintage Books: Bee Journal

In the third of this series of books from my father’s collection, I’ve chosen The British Bee Journal and Bee-Keeper’s Adviser. Read More…
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Vintage Books: Common Sense

In the second of this series of books from my father’s collection, I’ve chosen a book from the Mental Efficiency Series, this one being Common Sense: How to Exercise it. Read More…
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What I am reading: The Tale of Genji

What I am Reading #1: The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu Read More…
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Vintage Books: Design

A couple of years ago, my father offloaded to me hundreds, if not thousands, of his vast collection of books. Read More…
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