Monthly Archives: January 2014

Tell don’t show?

Show don’t tell is the piece of advice most given to authors of all descriptions, whether writing novels, plays, television or films. I have said it myself many times and try my utmost to apply this principle to my work, … Continue reading

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Film Review – Inside Lleywn Davis

Inside Llewyn Davis, the latest from the Coen Brothers, is hardcore Coen and definitely not the film I’d choose to introduce someone to their extraordinary body of work. That said, for the hardcore Coen set, of which I am a … Continue reading

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Stories within stories

One writing technique difficult to pull off, but brilliant when done correctly, is that of the story (or stories) within the story. For example, in Watership Down, there are several entire chapters devoted to the legends of El-ahrairah, a kind … Continue reading

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Loose Adaptation

In a previous post I discussed how an important principle of adaptation was to remain faithful to the spirit of the original novel, rather than the letter. For this, I used The Remains of the Day as something of a … Continue reading

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Film Review – 12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave, the third film from director Steve McQueen, is unquestionably the Oscar frontrunner this year; harrowing, intensely powerful and at times extremely difficult to watch (in a good way). Based on the true story of Solomon Northup, … Continue reading

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The Remains of the Day: An adaptation case study

I’ve recently been re-reading Kazuo Ishiguro’s masterpiece The Remains of the Day. For those unfamiliar with the story, it concerns an English butler Stevens, who during the 1950s looks back over his years of service in Darlington Hall. During this … Continue reading

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Film Review – American Hustle

At the start of American Hustle, the latest from director David O Russell, a caption claims that “some of what follows actually happened”. Quite honestly, I suspect that to be about as accurate as the Coen Brothers’ legendary (and hilarious) … Continue reading

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Film review – All is Lost

Robert Redford gives an understated but astonishing performance in All is Lost, a new spin on the hoary old survival at sea tale. Not only is his role near wordless, we discover hardly anything about Redford’s character – not his … Continue reading

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Happy New Year

Here’s a little about what to expect from me in 2014. I have at least two – possibly even three – new novels I will release. First out of the traps will be Dr Gribbles and the Beast of Blackthorn … Continue reading

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