Monthly Archives: May 2014

Children of the Folded Valley – my first book for grown-ups – released on the 20th of July

Those of you who follow this blog will have noticed occasional references to a novel entitled Children of the Folded Valley that I have dithered over for some time. Well, the dithering is now officially at an end. After much … Continue reading

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Film Review – X-Men: Days of Future Past

Director Bryan Singer’s much heralded return to the X-Men franchise proves an exciting if slightly confusing instalment, with plenty of superhero action, excitement and the regulation hang-wringing about tolerance. Days of Future Past was a popular story in the comics, … Continue reading

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Film Review – Calvary

The opening line in Calvary – writer/director John Michael McDonagh’s follow up to his superb black comedy The Guard – is quite possibly one of the most immediately arresting and shocking in the history of cinema. It is part of … Continue reading

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What’s the best medium for a story?

I have not read War Horse, but I took my eldest child to see the Steven Spielberg film version when it was released in early 2012. We both liked it (particularly John Williams’ outstanding score) but with reservations. It felt … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Two Faces of January

The Two Faces of January – a directorial debut for Hossein Amini – is a very fine adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel. It isn’t in the same league as Anthony Minghella’s masterful take on Highsmith’s The Talented Mr Ripley, but … Continue reading

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Film Review – Godzilla

Gareth Edwards has followed his fascinating low-budget calling card Monsters with something with a huge budget – namely, a no-holds barred reboot of the Godzilla movies. The good news is that unlike the dreadful 1998 Roland Emmerich version, which was … Continue reading

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Are 18 certificate films aimed at under 18s?

PLEASE NOTE: the following post contains words of a slightly tongue in cheek nature that some readers may find offensive… What rating should the films Alien and Aliens have? To my mind, they should both be rated 18, no question. … Continue reading

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Review – Frank

As far as I understand it, Frank is a fictional version of a book by a journalist who played keyboards in the Frank Sidebottom Oh Blimey Big Band. In the band, Frank Sidebottom wore a big fake head and nobody … Continue reading

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Children of the Folded Valley: A parental tribute

This month I will announce publication dates for Children of the Folded Valley, but before I do, I wish to relate a short anecdote regarding my late father, and the vital input he had into many of my books – … Continue reading

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