Monthly Archives: March 2014

Dr Gribbles and the Beast of Blackthorn Lodge – available today!

My new novel Dr Gribbles and the Beast of Blackthorn Lodge is now available in various digital formats. You can buy it on Kindle at Amazon.co.uk for 75 pence (or for $0.99 at Amazon.com): http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dr-Gribbles-Beast-Blackthorn-Lodge-ebook/dp/B00JCH1M7M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1396167384&sr=8-1&keywords=Dr+Gribbles It is also downloadable FREE … Continue reading

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Dr Gribbles and the Beast of Blackthorn Lodge is released tomorrow

Tomorrow, my new novel Dr Gribbles and the Beast of Blackthorn Lodge will be available for digital download. Print copies will be released on the 6th April. If you enjoyed the adventures of Max Bradley in Uncle Flynn or George … Continue reading

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Film Review – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Marvel’s superhero mega franchise enters an interesting, self-questioning phase in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In stark contrast to the fantasy of Thor: The Dark World this is a film informed by recent worrying headlines of NSA snooping, the Edward … Continue reading

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Suspension of disbelief

One vital element needed to enjoy any piece of storytelling – whether in a book, a play or a film – is the ability to suspend disbelief. This does not mean every event portrayed should be strictly realistic, complying with … Continue reading

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Film Review – Starred Up

Brit prison drama Starred Up has had some very good reviews, but I must confess to being largely unmoved. It works reasonably well, but it doesn’t offer anything particularly new to a genre that struggles to avoid cliché. The plot … Continue reading

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Read an excerpt from Dr Gribbles and the Beast of Blackthorn Lodge

Here is an excerpt from Chapter 1 of my upcoming novel, Dr Gribbles and the Beast of Blackthorn Lodge. I hope you enjoy it. “Silence fell. Shadows and passageways suddenly seemed a lot more threatening, as though they might genuinely … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Zero Theorem

Any new Terry Gilliam film is automatically a must-see for me, so it was with some excitement that I approached The Zero Theorem – a surreal, darkly comic, cyberpunk inquiry into the meaning of life. Quite honestly I can’t make … Continue reading

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Why Star Wars is not science fiction, and related matters…

“Science Fiction is something that could happen – but usually you wouldn’t want it to. Fantasy is something that couldn’t happen, though often you only wish that it could.” – Arthur C Clarke. Has anyone else noticed how easily people … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson remains as divisive as ever with his latest film The Grand Budapest Hotel. Some can’t abide idiosyncratic, surreal, playfully arch style. Others think he is a genius. Personally, I enjoy most of his films. As for this one, … Continue reading

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Oscars 2014

It’s been an unusual year at the Oscars because by and large the right films were nominated and the right films won. The last time I recall being quite so satisfied was exactly ten years ago when The Lord of … Continue reading

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