Monthly Archives: February 2018

Film Review – I, Tonya

I, Tonya begins with onscreen text stating that the film is based on contradictory and irony free interviews from those involved in the actual events. As a wry, blackly comic biopic of infamous American figure skater Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie), … Continue reading

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Echo and the White Howl – Overview

Over the past several weeks, I have been promoting my latest novel, Echo and the White Howl. An animal fiction story set amongst a wolf pack in Alaska, this book is a gripping and thrilling adventure for all ages. Here … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water is actually not the first time Guillermo Del Toro has explored an unlikely love story between a woman and an aquatic male humanoid. A subplot in Hellboy II: The Golden Army between Abe Sapien and Princess … Continue reading

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Echo and the White Howl – Brexit allegory?

I have been asked on a number of occasions how my latest novel Echo and the White Howl should be interpreted. Is it an historic allegory? A contemporary political allegory? A spiritual allegory? Someone suggested the story alluded to Stalin’s … Continue reading

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Film Review – Black Panther

The latest from Marvel is an absolute blast – a wild, giddy, colourful thrill ride which gives superhero Black Panther a fabulous standalone film, having been introduced so effectively in Captain America: Civil War. The story takes place mostly in … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Greatest Showman

Tonight I caught up with The Greatest Showman, which received mostly poor reviews from critics, yet audiences have loved it. Did I love it? No. Frankly, I think the critics are right. Ostensibly a fast-and-loose with facts musical based on … Continue reading

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Writing Echo and the White Howl

Animal fiction is a notoriously difficult beast. I had never intended to write any, until last summer, when my youngest son begged me for a story about wolves. I initially said no, but then I had an idea that nagged … Continue reading

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Film Review – Phantom Thread

Every so often I see a film that reminds me why I fell in love with the cinema. PT Anderson’s Phantom Thread is one such film. Ostensibly an oddball love story set in 1950s London, this is a more twisted … Continue reading

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Researching Echo and the White Howl

As with all my books, my latest, Echo and the White Howl, involved a considerable amount of research. I have not ever been to Alaska (alas), but nonetheless I had to find out a great deal in order to generate … Continue reading

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