Tag Archives: Books

Writing Update: “The White Nest”

To say 2020 hasn’t gone the way I expected so far would be an understatement. However, in one respect it has gone to plan: I have just finished the first draft of my latest novel. I won’t announce the title … Continue reading

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What Makes A Great Fantasy Story?

Here’s a confession: there’s a lot of fantasy fiction I’m not interested in. I simply do not care about elaborate world-building for the sake of it, no matter how imaginative, intricate, or clever. Nor do I care about the history … Continue reading

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Dr Gribbles and the Beast of Blackthorn Lodge Revisited

Last month, I revisited my debut novel Uncle Flynn with a number of articles. This month, I’m putting the spotlight on Dr Gribbles and the Beast of Blackthorn Lodge, but with just one article this time. Dr Gribbles and the … Continue reading

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The Pillars of the Earth: Brilliant Books and Bad Sex

Recently I finally got round to reading Ken Follett’s historical epic The Pillars of the Earth. A sprawling tale covering the medieval anarchy period between 1123 to 1174, it concerns the building of a cathedral in the fictional town of … Continue reading

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Fancy a gripping read?

Fancy a gripping, page-turning supernatural mystery? Why not check out any of the five novels below. I refer to them collectively as the “Spooky Quintet” (a silly collective term, I know). Each one features a nail-biting central mystery, a tenacious … Continue reading

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Uncle Flynn Revisited – Themes

Over the next few months, I’m highlighting some of my earlier novels. This month, I’ve been delving into treasure hunt adventure Uncle Flynn. So what is Uncle Flynn about? If you want a proper introduction to the story, click here. … Continue reading

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Uncle Flynn Revisited – Influences and Inspirations

Over the next few months, I’m highlighting some of my earlier novels. This month, continuing my series on treasure hunt adventure Uncle Flynn, here are some key books and films that influenced or inspired parts of the novel. Treasure Island … Continue reading

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Uncle Flynn Revisited – Locations and Local History

Over the next few months, I’m highlighting some of my earlier novels. This month, continuing my series on treasure hunt adventure Uncle Flynn, here are some details about the locations and local history that informed the text. The novel was … Continue reading

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Uncle Flynn Revisited – An Introduction

I’ve decided to revisit some of my earlier novels in a series of articles this year, with a monthly spotlight on some of these works. To begin with, for the month of February, I’m putting the spotlight on Uncle Flynn. … Continue reading

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My take on The Secret Commonwealth

I recently read Philip Pullman’s second novel in his second trilogy in the His Dark Materials universe, The Book of Dust. This volume is entitled The Secret Commonwealth. You can read my take on the first book in this trilogy, … Continue reading

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