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What I Read in June

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I’ve been getting lazy about reading lately, what with one thing and another. Up until the year before last, I was regularly reading at least 70 or 80 (sometimes even 90) books a year. But last year it dropped, for no good reason, and the start of this year has also been pretty dismal (although […]

A Question of Trust

Quotes and Stuff

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I’m not sure I’ll ever really get over what a weird roller-coaster ride having a book published is. You and your publishers do your damnedest to make it the best thing you possibly can, but once it’s out in the world, no-one really has any idea what’s going to happen. It’s wise to remember the […]

A Question of Trust

Schrödinger’s Book

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Shortly before the Christmas break, I delivered the manuscript of A QUESTION OF TRUST, otherwise known as Book Two in the Mathematical Mysteries Series, to my editor at Farrago. Put like that, it doesn’t sound terribly scary. However, what you need to know is that the seventy-odd thousand words in that manuscript hadn’t previously been […]

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This is (Not About) David Bowie by F J Morris

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This is not a review about David Bowie. Rather, it’s a review of F J Morris’s new book “This is (Not About) David Bowie” from Retreat West Books. Or is it? Let’s see where this goes. Writing about David Bowie is always a tricky thing to do because you first need to decide which David […]

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What I Read in 2017

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I read 67 books in 2017, which was seven more than in 2016, but still a long way short of 2014’s epic 95. One of these days I’ll make it to 100. Anyway, here they all are: Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi Half of a Yellow Sun Alderman, Naomi The Power Ball, James Post Truth Barnes, Adrian Nod […]

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Film Review: VICTORIA

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On paper, this sounded amazing. A high-adrenaline heist thriller shot in a single take on the early morning streets of Berlin. No cuts, no trickery, just one long hand-held take. I love a narrative gimmick, me, and this sounded right up my street. Here’s the trailer. Fun, eh? I should have been warned. Last time I […]

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Citations and Erdős Numbers

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I’m suffering from a  cold today so I’ve given myself permission to do something silly. I was recently Googling my name (don’t tell me you don’t do that, because I won’t believe you) and I thought I’d have some fun and try Google Scholar instead. It turns out that my work has been cited in […]

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What I Read in 2015

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Time to take a look at the books I read last year. According to my spreadsheet, I seem to have only read 70, which is considerably down on 2014’s 95 and 2013’s 92. No idea what went wrong, but it doesn’t really matter as  long as I got something out of the ones I did […]