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WORK IN PROGRESS …

My third novel, my ?work-in-progress,? does not yet have a name. There are several working titles, but nothing yet that feels quite right although hopefully, inspiration will strike before I finish ? But it does have a very definite setting ? London. London features constantly in the novel as most of the characters live there...

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WRITERS AS THIEVES

Writers are magpies and petty thieves. We steal. We borrow with no intention of return. We pick over, separate flesh from bone, discard, dissect and reshape. No-one is safe from our alert antennae. The stranger behind us in the bus queue. That fellow patient in the dentist waiting room. The customer at the neighbouring table...

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ANNE TYLER’S CLOCK DANCE

Holiday reading means the chance to read several books in as many days instead of consuming only one or two over at least a fortnight.? And the excitement of seeing Anne Tyler?s latest novel, CLOCK DANCE, at Gatwick airport in a special pre-release airport edition knows no bounds! No spoilers here, I promise, but just...

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YOUTH V EXPERIENCE …

Evidently it is essential these days to be ?media savvy? to find success as a writer. Equally, we are told, publishing companies and agents consider writers to be as much a product as their books and ?promotability? is far more crucial than the quality of their prose. So youth, beauty or at least some kind...

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HOW TO MAKE BOOKS PAY!

An article in the Arts Times 2 section by James Marriott on Friday 29th June makes for thought-provoking reading ? and the title alone is alarming for a lot of us writers who are never going to be discovered as a young fresh voice.? Evidently, it claims, the only way to make books pay is...

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