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Film Review – Stan & Ollie

Stan & Ollie is a charming, poignant biopic charting the autumn years of much-loved slapstick comedy legends Laurel and Hardy. It isn’t going to change the course of cinema, but it features fine performances, assured direction from Jon S Baird … Continue reading

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First Love: Another short story coming soon

I have some more exciting news on the publishing front. Dragon Soul Press has selected my short story Papercut for inclusion in their upcoming romantic anthology, First Love. The theme for this anthology is self-explanatory, but with elements of fantasy. … Continue reading

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The Tangent Tree Extra: Star Wars The Last Jedi one year on

Here is a Tangent Tree Extra, Tangent Tree Special, Tangent Tree Mini, or Tangent Bonsai Tree or whatever you want to call it… ie, it’s not a full episode, but a kind of mini stand-alone rant. This one is about … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Favourite

Three superb central performances, splendid direction and a savage screenplay are my favourite reasons to see The Favourite, a deliciously dark period drama from Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos. With Dogtooth, The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer and now … Continue reading

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Spectre of Springwell Forest – An introduction

Spectre of Springwell Forest, my first novel published via a traditional publisher (as opposed to self-published) is out now. A nail-biting, bone-chilling supernatural mystery, Spectre of Springwell Forest is a ghost story in the classical tradition, but with a number … Continue reading

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Happy New Year 2019!

Happy New Year! Last year was a hugely significant year for my writing, not least because my first novel to be published by a traditional publisher, Spectre of Springwell Forest, has now been released. If you haven’t picked up a … Continue reading

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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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