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I have just finished reading one of the classics of Sci-Fi, Ursula LeGuin's Left Hand of Darkness. Written in 1969 and winning both the Hugo and Nebula awards, it's the story of Winter, an Earth-like planet with two major differences. First, the conditions are semi-arctic even at the warmest times of the year. And second, [...]

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With the new General Data Protection Regulation rules coming into force on 25.5.18 I need to let you know how I deal with information about you that you have shared with me via this website or email. Some of you have shared your email address with me because of blog tours that you have been [...]

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As the launch date for my second novel, Rose Gold, fast approaches my Bank Holiday weekend was stuffed full of sun, social media, signings and the usual stress of traffic. I made my first appearance at the Margate Bookie literary festival on Sunday. As well as reading from Rose Gold in public for the first time, [...]

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Emotional ejacta. Lacrimal laments Salty snot Therapeutic tears We all blub at times. My latest outburst was two weeks ago, at the end of watching Kong: Skull Island. Yes, I know it’s hardly the film you’d expect to provoke that sort of reaction. I remember watching King Kong – the 1970s version with Jessica Lange [...]

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The Fame Game I recently had two launch parties for my debut novel, Blue Gold. It’s published by Urbane, who recently won best independent UK crime publisher by World Wide Business Review. Two launch parties? Why not, I thought, it’s not often you get published for the first time. It’s about as Rock Star as [...]

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