Tag Archives: Drama

Christmas Present ideas

If you are scratching your head this year over Christmas presents, why not consider giving one of my novels? At the risk of sounding like a cliché, I have written across a variety of genres and therefore have “something for … Continue reading

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Film Review – Widows

Steve McQueen’s Widows opens with an extraordinary sequence, whereby intimate moments of a heist gang with their wives and families are intercut with their disastrous final score, which ends in a hail of bullets and an explosion. The action is … Continue reading

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Film Review – First Man

First Man isn’t so much a film about landing on the moon as a film about coming to terms with grief, set against the backdrop of the space race. It shares very little DNA with previous space race films, being … Continue reading

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Film Review – Bad Times at the El Royale

Quentin Tarantino has many imitators, some good, some bad. Writer/director Drew Goddard’s Bad Times at the El Royale sits somewhere between the two. A great cast and winning performances make for an intermittently gripping experience, but it is marred by … Continue reading

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Film Review – A Star is Born

There are now four versions of A Star is Born and all of them are good. That isn’t something you can say about many oft-remade films. The closest competitor would be Invasion of the Body Snatchers (the 1956, 1978 and … Continue reading

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Film Review – Cold War

A postscript at the end of Cold War, the new film from Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski, rather touchingly dedicates it to his parents, whose relationship inspired the story. Far from feeling self-indulgent, this dedication contextualises the non-judgemental sadness oozing from … Continue reading

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My brain needs a break

My brain needs a break. Here’s a scary picture of me in brain meltdown mode. Given the rather excessively productive year I have had so far (first drafts on two longer than usual novels, lots of editing on earlier, currently … Continue reading

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Film Review – A Prayer Before Dawn

Immersive. Visceral. Brutal. Sweaty. These are just some of the adjectives I could use to describe A Prayer Before Dawn, the hugely compelling new film from Johnny Mad Dog director Jean-Stephane Sauvaire. I suppose now is as good a time … Continue reading

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Download Children of the Folded Valley FREE – for five days only!

Anyone who grew up in a cult, or amid a stifling religious atmosphere, may find my most successful novel, Children of the Folded Valley, resonates with their own experience. Certainly I’d be lying if I claimed my own rather peculiar … Continue reading

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Download Love vs Honour FREE – for five days only!

Teenage romance isn’t a genre I generally dabble in, but I did write Love vs Honour – a tale of star-crossed teenage lovers with a religious twist. It begins as a conventional romance, with a holiday attraction leading to something … Continue reading

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