2018

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.

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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.

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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.

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Book Giveaway for Reviewers!

Would you like a free copy of my new short story collection No Way Home?

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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.

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No Way Home ON APPLE BOOKS

My new short story collection No Way Home is now available for pre-order on Apple Books, as well as Amazon and Kobo.

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Stations of the Soul: FREE For 5 Days

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!

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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?

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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.

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No Way Home PRE-ORDER

My new short story collection No Way Home is available for pre-order now on Amazon and Kobo.*

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Hip-Hop Was To Blame After All

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


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!

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One Day Left for Deathcast!

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!

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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!

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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

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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.

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Stations of the Soul PRE-ORDER!

I have a new story available for pre-order: Stations of the Soul

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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.

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Deathcast ... Out Now!

New story out now: Deathcast

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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.

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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).

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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!

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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 PRE-ORDER!

I have a new story available for pre-order: Deathcast

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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.

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Screen Grab ... Out Now!

New story out now: Screen Grab

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The No Way: The Uncertainty Overload


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Screen Grab PRE-ORDER!

I have a new story available for pre-order: Screen Grab

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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.

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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.


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.

Man

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

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Dear Lucifer ON SALE!!!

Dear Lucifer & Other Stories is ON SALE for Two Weeks Only!

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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.

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Ready for editing...

Deathcast by L. A. Davenport available now on Amazon, Kindle, Apple Books, Google Play, and Kobo

Sending the next story from my upcoming collection to be edited…

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.

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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?”

Dear Lucifer ... Out Now!

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

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Soukura

Soukura by Alsarah & The Nubatones


Dear Lucifer PRE-ORDER!

I have a new ebook available for pre-order: Dear Lucifer & Other Stories

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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.

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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.

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.”

My New Book (+ a free short story)

I have a new book coming out! (Soon…)

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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.

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The Loneliest Guy

The Loneliest Guy, David Bowie, Reality


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.

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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.

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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.

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Review: The Tale of Genji

It is the delusion of youth to think that time is infinite, that we have infinite time and there will always be enough time for us to get done everything we want to achieve in life.

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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.

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Waiting

The dusk-laden calm of the room was broken by the sound of a thud and a peal of high-pitched laughter.

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Relationship

Surely our greatest and most long-lasting relationship is with ourselves.

Doubt

Doubt is a thief of the soul.

Danger

With creativity comes danger.

Disposable

I used to live life like it was disposable. Now I don’t want to throw a single second away.