Monthly Archives: September 2015

Children’s stories and CS Lewis

CS Lewis once said that a children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children isn’t a good children’s story. I don’t think he meant that children were undiscerning and couldn’t tell a good story from a bad one. I … Continue reading

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Film Review – Everest

Never let the facts get in the way of a damn good film, as Oliver Stone might say. Sadly, with Everest, based on a disastrous 1996 ascent of the world’s tallest mountain, the facts rather do get in the way … Continue reading

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George goes to Neptune – the cover

Here is the cover for my upcoming novel – the third and final instalment in the George Hughes trilogy, George goes to Neptune. My incredible designer Charles Bown presented a number of options, but in the end we settled on … Continue reading

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Film Review – Legend

An extraordinary double performance from Tom Hardy as both Kray twins dominates Brian Helgeland’s Legend, a slick, entertaining but flawed gangster pic. Peter Medak’s 1990 film The Krays centred on the twins relationship with their mother, but this time the … Continue reading

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Action scenes

Action scenes in novels or films are a notoriously tricky thing to pull off. In fact, I find they are actually the hardest thing to write in either a screenplay or prose. There are several pitfalls to avoid. Too little … Continue reading

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Film Review – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Playing like an offbeat, indie version of The Fault in Our Stars, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl works to a point. The whole dying-of-cancer subgenre pic isn’t one I have ever cared for (give or take Shadowlands), but … Continue reading

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How to make a segment in an ongoing story individually satisfying

One distinct advantage to writing a series of books with the assumption that the latest will be the last is that it provides a safeguard to ensure that each is individually satisfying. This was the case with all three of … Continue reading

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