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  • The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman

    The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman

    What motivates a writer to compose a work of fiction? To entertain? To provide an escape from mundanities?

    To enlighten?

    To invite the reader to consider something new or ponder a fresh perspective on something old? Or to portray in fictional form real events that come alive in the imagination through the characters in a story?
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  • The Birdman’s Wife by Melissa Ashley

    The Birdman’s Wife by Melissa Ashley

    What a delight it is to read stories of historical figures passed over by history probably because they were women. An even greater delight when they are told well, as is very much the case with Melissa Ashley’s The Birdman’s Wife.


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  • On ‘Narziss and Goldmund’ by Hermann Hesse

    On ‘Narziss and Goldmund’ by Hermann Hesse

    First published in 1930, Narziss and Goldmund forms part of a profoundly insightful body of work by Hermann Hesse.


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  • Author Interview – Felicity Banks

    Author Interview – Felicity Banks

    I’m delighted to welcome to my blog, Steampunk author Felicity Banks whose debut Heart of Brass is released today! Happy Publication Day!!



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  • Peace be upon us all

    Peace be upon us all

    It was an ordinary day in September. Summer was nearing its end and a I was about a month into the first time of the new school year. The school day had ended and I walked in the staff room. A few colleagues had the telly on and they were glued to it. I went over to see what was so compelling viewing.
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  • The real Domingo

    The real Domingo

    In the late 1980s I lived on the volcanic desert island of Lanzarote. When I wrote The Drago Tree in 2013, I had no idea the story would take me back.


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  • In conversation with Cli-fi author Sue Parritt

    In conversation with Cli-fi author Sue Parritt

    After reviewing Pia and the Skyman a few days ago, it’s a pleasure to speak with author, Sue Parritt and discover what motivates her to write Climate Fiction.



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  • Ghosts Like Us, Inez Baranay

    Ghosts Like Us, Inez Baranay

    Lately, I’ve started getting into book reviewing. I hadn’t expected to enjoy it so much and it’s becoming something of a compulsion.
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  • All Because of You re-released

    All Because of You re-released

    It’s been a hectic month of moving house and in amongst it all Odyssey Books re-released my short story collection All Because of You: Eleven tales of refuge and hope.



    It’s an eclectic collection and they’re mostly semi-autobiographical. Two were written from the point of view of my former partner, the late Alex Legg, who ought to be remembered forever as one of the world’s genius songwriters. The timing of the release is remarkable. I’ve been invited to run a serie...
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  • Drag over coals

    Drag over coals

    Last month I found myself on a fast train from Edinburgh to London. Too tired to read, I spent the whole journey gazing out the window. Recollecting that journey, one memory stands out: the number of wind farms, none of them that far from residential areas. I mentioned this to the couple seated by me, and they said that people are used to them. They realise the necessity. I have no idea if that is true, but their comment had me thinking how absurdly precious Australia can be.

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