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An Earlier Than Expected Apocalypse

The Dove Is Dead, the final novel in The Unholy Trilogy, is more or less ready to go, or at least was until this last week. Harold Macmillan famously answered when asked what was the biggest challenge to a statesman, “Events, dear boy, events.” He said this at a time...

It’s all Over Now, Baby Blue

I’ve not posted here for ages. I’ve sporadically been writing The Dove is Dead, the novel that’s intended to be the last in my Unholy Trinity trilogy. Although it’s written in Amy’s voice, Richard Shackleton’s youngest daughter, who I’m trying to write as a woke young...

Bob Dylan’s Lancashire

The August edition of Lancashire Life is just out. The magazine was kind enough to give a plug to my second novel No Precedent with a bit of blurb from the back cover. They did this in the middle of a double-page spread entitled Bob Dylan’s Lancashire, written by...

Radio Interviews

I’ve done three radio interviews this last fortnight to plug No Precedent. Well, actually four, but the first attempt with North Manchester Radio didn’t play as their equipment failed. It was their first day back in the Studio after lockdown, and the first live...

To publish or not to publish?

Later in the meal, over pudding, I told him about this book, and asked whether or not I should leave a copy to pass on to Alice and Richie for when they’re grown up. He asked me to send him one. Wendy never did get round to putting the final scene of Lucy’s play into...

James in the graveyard

It was a few hours later that Lucy found out what Maddie had done. Appalled, she immediately rang Ruth to ask if she had Richard’s phone number, so she could check out that he was back home safely. Ruth passed the phone to Bob who volunteered to call Richard,...