Monthly Archives: June 2012

Author and Reader

Diana, who’s been reading my first novel in typescript for, oh, decades, and thinks it brilliant, was sitting by the Tea Pot across the road and waved me over. I was going for the paper. On the way back I … Continue reading

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Rave Reviews

‘Received the book – thank you kindly – and have this afternoon read just so far your story, ‘Instance’. John, it’s fantastic, a rollercoaster of suspense all the way, a battle of minds, of will, deceit, telepathy, do you believe … Continue reading

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Licence to….

Diana opened her bills finally to find a final notice for a tv licence or else a fine of £1000 she didn’t have. Worse she’s on conditional discharge, so prison looms. “Let me see it,” I required, interpreting the notice’s … Continue reading

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Last Langton’s Meeting of the Writers’ Group

I anticipated there’d be something about the keys. Kevin was unwontedly early and with a corkscrew. John was there as usual. Jan unwontedly came. We sat around talking for a bit about where we’d meet next time, at Jacqui’s, and … Continue reading

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The Monkey in the Bin

Once upon a time I was helping Rodger put up a mirror and saw a stuffed ape, wondering why he had it, surely not as a cuddly toy. He said he was a member of EDL, English Defence League, which … Continue reading

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Critique of Justin Isis’ ‘I Wonder What Human Flesh Tastes Like’

Justin Isis’ ‘I Wonder What Human Flesh Tastes Like’ is never less than interesting. The style is measured, reflective and smooth, suiting the anomie of the characters and in nice contrast with their obsessiveness it yet underlines. In the book’s … Continue reading

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