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The following piece was written by my 8 year old daughter as a school assignment with the brief to understand and describe a familiar setting. While I’m not too sure that this is our everyday experience, the beauty of what she wrote completely blew me away. And not just because she’s my daughter but because it reminded me of how I used to relish words for their own sake, scattering them through my writing like jewels which...

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There’s a thought-provoking piece over at the Bookseller blogs by Anthony Horowitz on the chill winds that are blowing through the worlds of publishing and television drama. As one traditionally feeds the other, this is what we might term a double dip for the traditional sources of entertainment for the masses. Of course, we are facing a world in which digital forms of entertainment have gained rapid ground. For younger people,...

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An interesting debate over at Digital Book World with Jason Allen Ashlock, the founder of the Movable Type Literary Group, arguing that agents need to evolve to meet the needs of today’s publishing market.  I couldn’t agree more and have waded in with my two cents’ worth. I suggest you head on over there and read the debate in its entirety.  It’s fascinating to see it from all sides, some authors clearly very...

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This is the cover of the German edition of Kumari, Goddess of Gotham, which has just been published by Fischer Schatzinsel in Frankfurt. Like every author on the planet (and if they deny it they’re lying) I’ve checked on Amazon.de and it seems to be going down well with four and five star reviews. For all I know, as I don’t speak German, they could be scathing in their content but, in this case, I’ll settle...

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This picture is of Father Bronislaw Gostomski who died in yesterday’s appalling plane crash that took the lives of so many prominent Poles, including the President, Lech Kaczynski.  It was drawn by my eight year old daughter who had known him literally all her young life. We came home after a gloriously sunny day spent at the fair in our local park to find an OB van parked in our street and press camped outside the church...

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There are many things the late writer Cyril Connolly and I have in common, not least of which is our shared birthday (September 10, in case you need time to save up).  Connolly’s was the rapier wit that carved out such epithets as: ” Better to write for yourself and have no public than to write for the public and have no self.” It is with another of his often misquoted sayings, however, that I take issue, especially...

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