Monthly Archives: December 2018

Film Review – Mary Poppins Returns

Disney’s 1964 adaptation of PL Travers’s Mary Poppins novels was nothing like the books, and Travers famously hated it. Everyone else from that generation to this has loved it, and the film has a very special place amongst the pantheon … Continue reading

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Film Review – Bumblebee

Here’s something I thought I’d never say: The new Transformers film is actually quite good. No, stop checking the date to make sure it isn’t the 1st of April. I really mean it. Bumblebee is exactly what the Transformers franchise … Continue reading

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2018 in review

At the risk of sounding like a nauseating Oscar acceptance speech, 2018 has been an extraordinary year for me, and I am very happy to have made a number of significant breakthroughs with my writing. Novels and Short Stories Firstly … Continue reading

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Film Review – Aquaman

In the course of this Aquaman review I shall attempt to manfully avoid all fish/water related puns. I won’t tell you the film is a damp squib, or a wet fish, or a belly flop. I will however state upfront … Continue reading

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – New podcast from The Tangent Tree

All good things come to an end. Or at least, the end for now. The Tangent Tree podcast will be back for a new series next year, but for now here’s half an hour of Sam and I discussing our … Continue reading

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Spectre of Springwell Forest – out now!

It’s finally here! My new novel, Spectre of Springwell Forest, is now available as a Kindle download (here in the UK, here in the US), and as an old fashioned paperback (here in the UK, here in the US). My … Continue reading

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Spectre of Springwell Forest released tomorrow!

My new novel, Spectre of Springwell Forest, is released tomorrow. Published by Dragon Soul Press, Spectre of Springwell Forest is a spooky spine-freezer guaranteed to keep you turning pages, desperately trying to get to the bottom of a nightmarish mystery. … Continue reading

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Ten Best Films of 2018

Another eventful year in cinema. Another top ten from yours truly. This year, as ever, the selection of my ten best films of the year has involved a lot of agonising, groaning, weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth. Certain films … Continue reading

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New special podcast from The Tangent Tree entitled “Simon Wrote A Book!”

In this special extra podcast from The Tangent Tree, Sam interviews me to discuss my new novel Spectre of Springwell Forest, which is released on the 20th of December. Leaving aside the film chat for once (mostly), we talk about … Continue reading

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Spectre of Springwell Forest release – five days to go!

The launch event for Spectre of Springwell Forest – my first ever novel published by a traditional publisher – is a mere five days away! Don’t forget to turn up for games, giveaways and more. The event is taking place … Continue reading

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