• My Daughter’s Secrets

    Posted on 1 June 2023 | 8:29 am

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    Posted on 20 March 2023 | 11:08 am

    We’re on the move and I am struggling with which books I really can’t live without and those that would benefit from a good home. Simple enough to give novels to charity that I simply didn’t gel with and, as we’d already moved twice in the past ten years, I’d already whittled down my collection […]

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  • Posted on 17 February 2023 | 2:37 pm

    FEBRUARY FEVER! It’s been a cracking couple of months, which is not something I normally say at this rather dismal time of year. Post-festivities, lousy weather, summer holidays dimly glimpsed, there isn’t normally a lot to shout about. But this month ‘The Patient’ is published, the first in the Kim Slade series; the follow-up is […]

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    Posted on 9 December 2022 | 11:37 am

    After a lengthy time at the writing and editorial coalface, I decided to skive yesterday afternoon. With my other my half in tow, we went to Ledbury. For those who don’t know the place, it’s, without doubt, the loveliest market town in Herefordshire, with strong cultural ties to literature. Many poets have lived there, including […]

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    Posted on 22 September 2022 | 10:00 am

    It’s been months since I last posted. In fact almost a year, but as it’s now September  – I’m reliably informed that this marks the start of the year for farmers and, of course, it’s the beginning of the academic school year and, if you’re religious, the ecclesiastical year (and a whole host of others I […]

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    Posted on 8 December 2021 | 9:42 am

    Most writers have day jobs. Only the holy few are able to make a good living without other means. If you’re able to work in an allied field so much the better. I count my blessings that my day job as a consultant editor, advising new authors on their stories, allows me to do this. […]

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  • Y Viva España

    Posted on 18 October 2021 | 9:45 am

    Last month, I wrote about my addiction to Don Winslow’s novels. This month is dedicated to all the fantastic series coming out of Spain. I know a lot of folk don’t get on with sub-titles, but even without a smattering of the language (my Hebrew is virtually non-existent and it didn’t prevent me from enjoying Fauda and Hit […]

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    Posted on 2 September 2021 | 9:19 am

    No doubt about it, I have an addiction to novels by Don Winslow. It all started when my other half bought ‘The Power of The Dog.’ He raved about it while I was knee-deep in one of Gerald Seymour’s novels. Then he bought ‘The Force’ and then he bought ‘The Cartel.’ Next, ‘The Border.’ Right, […]

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    Posted on 17 June 2021 | 2:02 pm

    I’ve found a cure for the Summertime Blues. Now I know that Jeremy Clarkson is a Marmite individual, but ‘Clarkson’s Farm’ is definitely worth a watch if only for the characters in this ‘fly on the wall’ insight into how a farm is actually run.  Take twenty-one year old Kaleb, a mini farming entrepreneur who barely […]

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