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Deathcast all around!

Finally, Deathcast has joined Screen Grab, Stations of the Soul, No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories on Apple Books, Google Play, and Kobo.

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Grab it in more places!

Good news! You can now get Screen Grab on your favourite online book store, as it has joined Stations of the Soul, No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories on Apple Books, Google Play, and Kobo.

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What I am reading: War and Peace

What I am Reading #2: War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy.

"It is intimidating for a reader, let alone a writer, to approach the idea of reviewing a book that stands so preeminently in the history of modern literature as War and Peace.

Certainly when I was a child, it was regarded as the greatest of all novels, a towering achievement by the finest exponent of the form."

To read the rest of my review of War and Peace, go here.
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Vintage Books: Dogs, Wild and Domestic

In the twelfth of this series of books from my father’s collection, I wanted to give you something a little different.

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Creating Book Covers

For the covers of my collections No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories, I had the great fortune of working with someone who is not only a great friend but also a great designer, David Löwe, from Berlin, Germany.

To find out how David approaches design in general, and the covers for my books in particular, I caught up with him recently, asking him on how he comes up with his ideas, how he uses typography, the challenge of eBooks and the importance of animation in presenting book designs.

To read the interview, complete with illustrations, short movies and revealing insights into the creative process, go here.

You can see more of David’s work and some of what inspires him on Instagram.

Dear Lucifer & Other Stories is out now on: Apple Books, Amazon, Google Play and Kobo.

No Way Home is also available now on: Apple Books, Amazon, Google Play and Kobo.
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A Pinterest in my favourite books

For a little while now, I’ve had a board on Pinterest with covers of some of my favourite books.

It’s still nascent, but growing all the time. Come over a join me, and maybe post some books of your own.

See the Great books board here, or use the Pincode.

Great Books Pincode

Dear Lucifer & Other Stories is out now on: Apple Books, Amazon, Google Play and Kobo.

No Way Home is also available now on: Apple Books, Amazon, Google Play and Kobo.
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Next Station on the Journey

I am delighted to announce that Stations of the Soul has joined No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories on Apple Books, Google Play, and Kobo.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Screen Grab PRE-ORDER!

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

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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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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 Edit

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

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Dear Lucifer ... Out Now!

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

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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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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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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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What I am reading: The Tale of Genji

What I am Reading #1: The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu

"Before I talk about The Tale of Genji, I should perhaps talk about time.

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. It is clear, however, that the more we experience time, the more we realise that, while time itself is theoretically infinite, our time is not, and that we will never accomplish even half the things we would like to before we die."

To read the rest of my review of The Tale of Genji, go here.
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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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Break-Up



I have filmed a teaser for my upcoming novel Escape.

See it on Vimeo here.
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