Ideas

Escape Teaser

I have filmed and edited a teaser for my upcoming novel Escape, called Break-Up.


Break-Up from L. A. Davenport on Vimeo.


You can more read about Escape here on Pushing the Wave, or you can head over to P-Wave Press.


Escape, the debut thriller, is out now.

No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories are also out now.
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Imaginary friend

I used to have an imaginary friend, but he snored.

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Comedy

Comedy is the safety valve of a nation.

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Good

I try to be a good person but unfortunately I enjoy failing too much.

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Memory

I can’t remember if I told you but I’ve got a very good memory.

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Performance

Every action is a performance.

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Giveaway

You can keep your body but if you give away your mind, you lose everything.

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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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Build the Hedge

Instead of a wall, whether concrete or steel, why doesn’t Trump build a nice hedge?

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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.

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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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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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Brexit

Brexit is the greatest democratic expression of fear, doubt and paranoia of our era.

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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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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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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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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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The No Way: The Uncertainty Overload

In our modern life, we are bombarded by two things: information and choice.

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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.


Escape, the debut thriller, is out now.

No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories are also out now.
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Man

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

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Alone

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


Escape, the debut thriller, is out now.

No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories are also out now.
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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?”


Escape, the debut thriller, is out now.

No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories are also out now.
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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.

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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.


Escape, the debut thriller, is out now.

No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories are also out now.
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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.”


Escape, the debut thriller, is out now.

No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories are also out now.
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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.


Escape, the debut thriller, is out now.

No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories are also out now.
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Doubt

Doubt is a thief of the soul.


Escape, the debut thriller, is out now.

No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories are also out now.
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Danger

With creativity comes danger.


Escape, the debut thriller, is out now.

No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories are also out now.
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Disposable

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


Escape, the debut thriller, is out now.

No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories are also out now.
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Hell

I feel nostalgic for that time when ‘we’re all going to hell’ was just a turn of phrase.


Escape, the debut thriller, is out now.

No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories are also out now.
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Weight

Life is a heavy weight that sometimes crushes my soul.


Escape, the debut thriller, is out now.

No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories are also out now.
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Cruel

There is no-one so cruel as those closest to you.


Escape, the debut thriller, is out now.

No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories are also out now.
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Edge

I have never wanted to be at the centre, but always to be on the edge, on the periphery.

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Friendship

For some, friendship is merely a form of advanced knowing, with no affection and no care.

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Pig

For someone who is acting in an uncivilised or unpleasant manner, we often say they are acting like an animal or, worse, a dog or a pig.

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Merry-go-round

We like to believe that there is only one person out there for us. Just one person with whom we truly fit, to whom we can open up our souls and not be afraid.

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Sorted

Her: "I have to say, I thought you'd be more sorted by now than you are."

Me: "Yeah, me too."


Escape, the debut thriller, is out now.

No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories are also out now.
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Room

A door opens and sunlight streams in. A slab of yellow on a stone floor.

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Beauty

Beauty is defined not by our physical appearance but who we choose to be.


Escape, the debut thriller, is out now.

No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories are also out now.
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Storm

I have tried so often to calm the storm inside my head, but I know I live most truly when I am lost within it.


Escape, the debut thriller, is out now.

No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories are also out now.
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Creativity

Creativity happens in the transition between order and chaos.


Escape, the debut thriller, is out now.

No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories are also out now.
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Decay

Life is an ever-lasting cycle of decay.


Escape, the debut thriller, is out now.

No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories are also out now.
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Pain

Pain is selfish.


Escape, the debut thriller, is out now.

No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories are also out now.
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Shadow

The dark side exists. It is the shadow in the eye of every living creature.


Escape, the debut thriller, is out now.

No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories are also out now.
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Power

Power is given, not taken.


Escape, the debut thriller, is out now.

No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories are also out now.
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Sad

It is a curious thing that we think it is more true to be sad than to be happy.


Escape, the debut thriller, is out now.

No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories are also out now.
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Speak

The most interesting people to listen to are those who do not wish to speak.


Escape, the debut thriller, is out now.

No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories are also out now.
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Confidence

We are losing confidence in peace, but we must stay firm.

It is the only thing worth fighting for.


Escape, the debut thriller, is out now.

No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories are also out now.
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Rise

The voices of fear, suspicion and paranoia sense their moment has come.

It is up to the rest of us to rise up and drown them out.


Escape, the debut thriller, is out now.

No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories are also out now.
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Inside

On the inside, we all think we are cool.


Escape, the debut thriller, is out now.

No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories are also out now.
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Break-Up



I have filmed a teaser for my upcoming novel Escape.

See it on Vimeo here.


Escape, the debut thriller, is out now.

No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories are also out now.
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Lie

The definition of a lie depends on your perspective.


Escape, the debut thriller, is out now.

No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories are also out now.
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Present

We think that the present is now and forever, but it is already dead and gone.


Escape, the debut thriller, is out now.

No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories are also out now.
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Sleep

It catches you unawares.

The smothering embrace, reaching around you, collecting you in its arms, covering you, brushing your eyes.

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Ants

I watched ants stealing from a kitchen this morning, carrying morsels of bread aloft as they ran to an unseen destination.

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White

It occurred to me today that when we white people go to other countries, we rape the land of its resources, steal the profits and hold the people down, abusing and killing them at will, and we call it commerce.

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Floating

I am no longer sure who I am.

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Resist

Now.


Escape, the debut thriller, is out now.

No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories are also out now.
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Reason

We are slipping back from the age of reason into the mire of mystery, into a world of gods and devils, ghouls and angels.

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Exchange

One day, many years ago, I was walking through the desert, following a dirt track into nothing.

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27/10/2019