Monthly Archives: August 2017

Too much realism

I am not a fan of realism for the sake of realism. Nor was legendary film director David Lean, who once said films should feel like dreams. I would argue the same should be true for novels, and I am … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Big Sick

Last night I finally managed to catch up with The Big Sick, a fact-based romantic comedy drama which hasn’t done great business (in the UK at least). This is a shame, since The Big Sick is funny, touching and even … Continue reading

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Download Love vs Honour FREE – for five days only!

Continuing my summer giveaways, Love vs Honour is available for the next five days as a free download from Amazon Kindle. After falling in love, teenagers Johnny and Sabina pretend to convert to Islam and Christianity respectively, to placate the … Continue reading

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Film Review – Annabelle Creation

Let’s not kid ourselves, Annabelle Creation is a deeply clichéd film. A prequel to a prequel, this offshoot of The Conjuring universe (why is everything part of a “universe” these days?) really ought to provoke rolled eyebrows given the cheap … Continue reading

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Film Review – A Ghost Story

A Ghost Story is not a horror film. Nor is it a film for mainstream audiences or those whose attention spans will not withstand the glacial pacing. It is, however, a melancholic, surreal, visually striking meditation on grief, death and … Continue reading

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Janice Hardy blog

I get useful tips for my writing from a number of sources, but here’s a special shout for the great Janice Hardy and her superbly exhaustive blog. Whether you are struggling with plot or character problems, adverbs, adjectives, description, pacing, … Continue reading

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Film Review – Atomic Blonde

Atomic Blonde is not the kind of film that stands up to anything resembling close scrutiny, but there are still some guilty pleasure thrills to be gleaned from this gloriously superficial, stylish, violent spy thriller. Set in 1989 Berlin just … Continue reading

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The Birds Began to Sing FREE from Amazon Kindle – for five days only!

Since it’s summer, here is the first in a series of giveaways on most of my presently published novels. Beginning today, for just five days, you can download The Birds Began to Sing absolutely FREE from Amazon Kindle. The Birds … Continue reading

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Film Reviews – Despicable Me 3/Cars 3

I recently caught up with a couple of family movie “threequels” – Cars 3 and Despicable Me 3. Since neither proved much to report home about, I am being lazy and dealing with both in the same review. In the … Continue reading

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