Tsunami

There is a Tsunami of change hanging over the publishing industry, a little like the same Tsunami that hung over the music industry a few years ago. It is the transition from hard copy book format into e books, the Kindle, free down loads and a whole revolution in the reading experience. A revolution that, […]

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On Rats and Royalty

I have to confess to a life-long love affair with a three-inch nearly blind rodent that resembles an uncircumcised very wrinkly penis with long yellowed teeth. I stumbled upon these creatures in a small zoo in Southern California – pink hairless and pressed up against the glass of a bisected warren that resembled the labyrinth […]

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Marching and Consensus

Consensus and Marching. With the whirling winds of the zeitgeist whipping us all into a global emotional depression I was taken by an article in New Scientist (7/2/09) entitled ‘How to control your herd of Humans.’ Again another epiphany from the psychologists and neuro-scientists– apparently marching or dancing in large group creates both a sense […]

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On The Dark Side

I’m in New York this week seeing my agents and refuelling psychologically and creatively before plunging into the next manuscript. One of my most favourite cities there’s nothing like walking around Manhattan (although I’m also a big fan of Sth Williamsburg across the bridge) endless and anonymously through the streets, pounding the concrete until your […]

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Memory, Friction and Fiction

This week readers of Quiver and Tremble will be pleased to know I have started a new collection of short stories called ‘Impossible Loves.’ Originally I planned for this to be a series of stories about the relationships we don’t have in our lives, or rather the near misses that, after a certain age, seem […]

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On UFOS and Genius

  Does anyone else feel as if the whole global zeitgeist is slipping into some terrible Dickensian gothic nightmare, temporarily relieved (more so for Americans) by the two-day respite of Obama’s inauguration celebrations? This apocalyptic landscape was encapsulated by the front page of The Times newspaper London, who really cheered up its readership by published […]

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Writers Block

Having delivered the final draft of the next novel I am now in the strange perilous no-man’s land between projects; a time when one’s imagination takes to treading water and if left too long to it’s own devices either becomes paranoid or neurotic. It’s not that I don’t have the next projects outlined (I do) […]

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Infectious Happiness

My eye was taken by an article in the New Scientist: 3rd January issue – by Michael Bond entitled ‘Three degrees of contagion’ – the article describes how apparently they’ve proven that moods and emotional states such as happiness, depression and possibly even diseases such as obesity and a propensity to suicide can be ‘caught’ […]

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Reading The Reader

A couple of weeks ago I got taken to a preview of Stephen Daldry’s new film The Reader – book by German writer Bernhard Schlink. I was excited to see the film as I had loved the book as a rare exploration of the psyche of the first post-war generation of Germans dealing with the […]

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Fire on Snow

This week I’m on holiday with my family in Zermatt, a picturesque skiing village at the foot of the Matterhorn. Until the end of the second World War, Zermatt was a small farming village specialising in goats, cows and sheep, although there had been a skiing resort since 1910, it really took off in the […]

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