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29/01/2018
The Pursuit of Ordinary ink blot

Who gets to say what’s normal?

Who gets to say what’s normal? Excerpt, The Pursuit of Ordinary ‘Dad,’ he said, eventually. ‘Hold on, I want to watch the news,’ his dad replied, flapping a hand at him, as if to shoo him away.‘Dad, I’m serious,’ Dan […]
17/12/2017

Does anyone value literary fiction anymore?

Does anyone value literary fiction anymore? Truth is, I haven’t been writing much recently. I often need ‘recovery time’ after finishing a novel, and The Pursuit of Ordinary was no exception. Partly, that’s due to the material I write – […]
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 […]