Monthly Archives: December 2015

Christmas Present – FREE Kindle books!

Since its Christmas, I have made three of my novels FREE for download on Kindle at Amazon – for five days only! The FREE novels are: 1) The Birds Began to Sing – a gripping thriller that draws inspiration from … Continue reading

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Ten Best Films of 2015

Herewith my annual no doubt inadequate attempt to hone down 2015 in film to just ten elite choices. Here I am presented with the usual dilemma. Are these my ten favourite films of the year, or the ten most cinematically … Continue reading

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Christmas Present ideas: Children of the Folded Valley

Continuing this series on suggested Christmas presents, today’s suggestion is Children of the Folded Valley – by far my most successful novel to date. Intended Readership: Adults. Children of the Folded Valley was shortlisted by the SpaSpa Book Awards in … Continue reading

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Film Review – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I know of nothing guaranteed to stir excitement in a cinema audience like the words “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” followed by the yellow words Star Wars emblazoned over outer space, accompanied by the familiar … Continue reading

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Christmas Present ideas: The Birds Began to Sing

Here’s another Christmas present suggestion from the Dillon back catalogue: The Birds Began to Sing. Intended Readership: Adults. The Birds Began to Sing is a mystery novel inspired by the likes of Agatha Christie, Daphne Du Maurier and Sir Arthur … Continue reading

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Film Review – Sisters

Funny, filthy and surprisingly touching summarises Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s new comedy Sisters. Essentially a variation on Animal House antics with a mid-life crisis twist, director Jason Moore’s comedy works surprisingly well. Sisters Maura and Kate Ellis (Poehler and … Continue reading

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Sentimental Simon Part 2

In this second part of my Sentimental Simon blog post, I examine books I have cried at. Perhaps it is less common to cry at books than films, but because I find a good novel so immersive, there have been … Continue reading

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Film Review – Krampus

The anarchic spirit of Gremlins is alive and well in Krampus, director Michael Dougherty’s wonderfully nasty tale of festive cheer gone very, very wrong. Satirical, funny and frightening, Krampus cuts through the glut of saccharine perpetuated by so many other … Continue reading

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Christmas Present ideas: Uncle Flynn, Dr Gribbles and the Beast of Blackthorn Lodge

Continuing my series on making potential Christmas presents of my novels, why not check out Uncle Flynn and/or Dr Gribbles and the Beast of Blackthorn Lodge? Uncle Flynn: “Max Bradley didn’t like to climb trees.” – Uncle Flynn, opening line. … Continue reading

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Film Review – Black Mass

Johnny Depp seems determined to secure an Oscar nomination for his performance as notorious real life Boston criminal kingpin Whitey Bulger. I think perhaps he will, despite stiff competition, but I doubt Black Mass will actually win any awards. The … Continue reading

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