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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PTW Music Club

Exciting news!

All of the music, videos and lyrics that I talk about on Pushing the Wave are now available to watch together on one single YouTube playlist:



Enjoy!
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Space Invader

Space Invader, by Prinzhorn Dance School

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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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Make-up

Young women display their seriousness by not wearing make up. It is in that that their frivolity is exposed.
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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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Pin to the beat

Recently, I told you about a board on Pinterest I had started on Great books that I love.

Now, I have launched a board on my personal selection of Great albums. Check it out here, or use the pincode below.

Great Albums 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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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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Scarlatti – Euridice dall'Inferno

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

They present première recordings of two works – Euridice dall’Inferno and La concettione della Beata Vergine – alongside Cello Sonata No. 2 in C Minor and the Toccata in A Major.

It’s a wonderful collection, with elegant and refined performances that nevertheless carry emotional weight.

You can read more about it on Naxos.com, or you can listen below.

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Performance

Every action is a performance.
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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!

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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!

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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


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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!

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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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