Monthly Archives: April 2013

Does boredom cultivate inspiration?

People often ask what inspires my stories, and the answer is many things; sometimes personal experience, sometimes people, sometimes places, sometimes news articles and sometimes…boredom. Boredom can only take place in an absence of distraction and as such it can … Continue reading

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Film Review – Iron Man Three

The great strength of Marvel’s cinematic superhero mega-franchise is the way the studio carefully selects directors that put their own individual stamp on each film whilst remaining true to the ideals of the comics. That isn’t to say we can … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Place Beyond the Pines

The Place Beyond the Pines is director Derek Cianfrance’s hugely ambitious follow-up to Blue Valentine. It’s a compelling if bleak tale of fathers, sons and generational curses, featuring some strong performances and bravura direction. The plot begins in the what … Continue reading

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TV Review – Broadchurch

Broadchurch, the eight part series recently seen on ITV in the UK, is an absolutely brilliant, brilliant television drama. If you haven’t seen it please stop reading now, as this article contains MAJOR SPOILERS. Instead, track the series down on … Continue reading

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My favourite science fiction novel of all time: Dune

Frank Herbert’s classic and hugely influential Dune spawned several increasingly inferior sequels, not to mention imitations in print, film and television, and a couple of massively disappointing adaptations (David Lynch’s 1984 movie, and the later miniseries). However, for me, the … Continue reading

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Film Review – Dans la Maison (In the House)

In the House, the new film from director Francois Ozon, makes an interesting and creepy companion piece to  his earlier Swimming Pool. As a psychological drama, this mines similar territory, and works well enough on its own terms – doing … Continue reading

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Rewriting

I once read that unless you are a writer who writes “for yourself”, you will rewrite your work. To say this is true is an understatement. To date I have written thirteen novels, I have almost finished a fourteenth, and … Continue reading

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