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10/05/2021
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What good is perfection, anyway?

As it's #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek I thought I'd say a few words about my 2nd novel, The Pursuit of Ordinary. The main character, Dan, has a range of mental health diagnoses, starting with bulimia through to (but not limited to) depersonalisation disorder. This is all before he begins hearing a voice - Joe - in his head. In short, he has *a lot* going on.
04/04/2019

The Pursuit of Ordinary a finalist in The People’s Book Prize

The Pursuit of Ordinary a finalist in The People’s Book Prize Writing is full of ups and downs, confidence and self-doubt. If you ever want to see a writer embarrassing himself by publishing a blog article while in the ‘low, I’m […]
02/01/2019

Write for the love of writing

Write for the love of writing I’m such a dick. I barely wrote a word in 2018 and I’ve just looked at my website and realised I also haven’t written a blog article since May 2018 and even that was […]
05/05/2018

Stop making excuses, you have got time

Ever since I was a boy, I’ve dreamed of being a novelist. I ground my parents down until they bought me an electric typewriter when I was about 11 years old so I could write a rip off Hardy Boys […]
01/02/2018
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Madness, normality, reality

Madness, normality, reality Excerpt, The Pursuit of Ordinary ‘Joe says he feels like a deadheaded plant,’ Dan said to Natalie last week, a light smile on his face. ‘Like his head has been chopped off and mine has grown back […]
29/01/2018
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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 […]