Monthly Archives: November 2015

Film Review – Carol

First thing’s first: Todd Haynes new film Carol is brilliantly acted, scripted and directed. I fully expect Oscar nominations for Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, and Haynes, as well as screenwriter Phyllis Nagy, adapting Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Price of Salt. … Continue reading

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Annual Brain Recharge

Other writers no doubt have their own rest and recharge routines, but for me, every December I stop writing for the entire month. Why? Because I find that, for some reason, by the time I reach that point in any … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

I have now seen the second half of a film I started watching a year ago, thanks to the decision to split Mockingjay, the final Hunger Games movie, into two parts. Of course said decision was made for the best … Continue reading

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“Never open a book with weather” – my ten favourite openings to a novel

I am not sure quite where to attribute the above quote, although it is the first of Elmore Leonard’s ten tips for writers. I can actually think of a few classic novels that open with weather, for example Jane Eyre. … Continue reading

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Film Review – Steve Jobs

Michael Fassbender adds to his lengthy list of sterling performances in Steve Jobs, playing the eponymous computer entrepreneur. He brilliantly depicts the vitality, stubbornness and genius of this larger than life figure, though I have no idea how true to … Continue reading

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Muse the force

“I must caution you that I am a writer. Anything you say or do could be used in my next novel.” Muses are integral to any writing process, whether they inspire characters directly, indirectly, in part or in full. If … Continue reading

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Film Review – Brooklyn

Old fashioned in the best possible sense is a good way to describe Brooklyn, director John Crowley’s adaptation of Colm Toibin’s novel. Not only does it hark back to the great “woman’s picture” movies of the 1930s and 40s, but … Continue reading

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