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Goodbye 2019

This is the final blog post from me in the year 2019. I don’t like looking back into the past. And there is a reason for it: my memory is appalling. But I feel compelled almost to dredge through the blurred images of months gone by and convert them to text. What have...

The Person Behind the Author

You should write a new blog, someone told me. How about what the person behind the author is really like? Okay, I said. I’ll give it a shot. Here it is. I’m 53. I’m too old to give a damn, and I’m too young to know any different. I write books because I have to. If...

The Best Feeling…

Also known as Operation Shitmepants. Over this last week or two, so many people have asked, “What’s it like?” They’re wondering what publishing a book is like, not whatever it was you were thinking. Go wash your mind out with soap and water. The day of publication...

I Blame Eddie Collins

I blame Eddie Collins. You know when you get to Sainsbury’s for the fish fingers for tonight’s tea, and you curse because the carrier bags you’d set neatly aside on the hallway table are still there? These are the carrier bags you’d bought on the last shopping trip...

The negative effects of promotion

I ought to qualify the following by first of all saying how much of a people person I am not. It’s not that I don’t like people, it’s just that I am ‘not good’ with them. ‘Not good’ depends largely upon what kind of person they are I suppose. But I find my simple life...