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24/11/2017
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Nobody plans to be homeless

Nobody plans to be homeless The Pursuit of Ordinary, an extract  Dan lay awake on the sofa, trying to forget his nightmare and listening to the heart beating in his chest, wondering why it felt like someone else’s. When he […]
08/10/2017
What's in a name

What’s in a name? Quite a lot, it turns out…

What’s in a name? Quite a lot, it turns out… The name Nigel is dying a death… as a baby name, it is on the verge of extinction. This year saw no new Nigels. Not one. As a Nigel myself, […]
01/05/2017
stalker peering through a curtain

She doesn’t watch him all the time. She’s not weird… excerpt, Beat The Rain

She doesn’t watch him all the time. She’s not weird… excerpt, Beat The Rain   She started watching him shortly after she met him. Not stalking him, she’s not weird or anything. But he’s living in the flat above the […]
19/04/2017
Dinner party

If she’s touched his knee once, she’s touched it 20 times… excerpt, Beat The Rain

If she’s touched his knee once, she’s touched it twenty times… excerpt, Beat The Rain The dinner party continues and Louise’s friend Alice and her new boyfriend John arrive. He seems nice to Adam in a nondescript kind of way. Not […]
30/03/2017
Crying art reviews

How readers and reviewers rewrite novels

How readers and reviewers rewrite novels It’s been fascinating to see how readers and reviewers bring out elements of a novel you don’t see yourself – facets that, even as the author, you hadn’t fully appreciated or understood. In fact, it got […]
26/01/2017
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“I doubt there’s anything real about those, Imogen.” Excerpt, Beat The Rain

“I doubt there’s anything real about those, Imogen.” Excerpt, Beat The Rain Shortly, the guests arrive and Louise is all smiles and nervous pleasure. Imogen is there first, wearing an over-the-top black dinner dress and carrying a bottle of champagne, […]