Monthly Archives: September 2014

When is a book finished?

I’ve read a lot of posts on other writing blogs – some of them excellent – on how vitally important it is to keep polishing work prior to submission to agents and publishers, or prior to publication if you are … Continue reading

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Film Review – Two Days, One Night

Marion Cotillard, one of my favourite actresses at present, delivers a sterling performance in this simple but gripping drama. She plays Sandra, a young Belgian mother who discovers her work colleagues are to be forced to vote between keeping their … Continue reading

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NEW NOVEL ANNOUNCEMENT: The Birds Began to Sing – available for pre-order!

This October I am releasing another novel, The Birds Began to Sing. It is available to pre-order from Amazon (see link below). http://www.amazon.co.uk/Birds-Began-Sing-Simon-Dillon-ebook/dp/B00NRSO9O0/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1411312173&sr=1-2 This is the second book I have released aimed at grown-ups, and represents the closest I’ll ever … Continue reading

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Film Review – Night Will Fall

This timely documentary is essential viewing for 1) anyone with a serious interest in film, 2) anyone interested in the post war politics that led to the suppression of some extraordinary Nazi death camp documentation and 3) anyone brave enough … Continue reading

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Film Review – A Most Wanted Man

The late great Phillip Seymour Hoffman gives a strong, suitably dour performance as the spy at the centre of A Most Wanted Man. To be honest, he is really the primary reason to see what is otherwise a fairly low … Continue reading

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Children of the Folded Valley questions and answers

Since my most recent novel Children of the Folded Valley was released, I’ve received a number of questions and comments that I’d like to address on this blog. Is Children of the Folded Valley based on a true story? No. … Continue reading

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Film Review – Lucy

Luc Besson’s Lucy is a daft, preposterous but enjoyable ninety minutes of genre fun. By default, it’s also a bit anti-Christian, but more on that later. Scarlett Johansson is entertaining in a Milla Jovovich kind of way, playing the eponymous … Continue reading

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George goes to Mars now FREE at Amazon

My earlier novel George goes to Mars is now available for Kindle FREE from Amazon. http://www.amazon.co.uk/George-goes-Mars-Hughes-Book-ebook/dp/B007FH1WLC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1410377487&sr=8-1&keywords=george+goes+to+mars I have been trying for some time to persuade Amazon to make this novel free, and I have finally succeeded. So please take advantage … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Guest

I wasn’t a fan of Adam Wingard’s last picture You’re Next, but his follow-up The Guest is actually a highly enjoyable slice of psycho-thriller hokum. Yes it’s nothing that hasn’t been done before many times, but The Guest does it … Continue reading

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Doctor Who censored

An edit was made to yesterday’s Doctor Who episode to remove a beheading scene. The BBC said it made the change “in light of recent events” – presumably the beheadings of James Foley and Steven Sotloff by Islamic terrorists, and … Continue reading

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