Category Archives: Books

Write on- Do I want an experience or a good old fashioned read?

I really fought letting go of the old typewriter to embrace the computer. I fought the idea of reading books on e readers, and it’s no longer just an idea that you can have music, or multi media in a … Continue reading

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Write on- Literary Rape

  I am in a sullen mood this morning after reading that a e publisher, (name shall go unmentioned) is jumping on the mommy porn rage, and plans to spice up the classics such as Jane Eyre.  My heart just … Continue reading

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A great writer’s home- The Hemingway House

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I got the chance to go to Key West for a few days and the first thing on my list of to do, was a Mojito and a trip to the Hemingway House. The House was going to be a … Continue reading

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Write 0n- A new name for a Novel?

Howard Jacobson, a favourite writer of mine, was recently quoted as saying that he felt a sense of heartbreak when he heard readers say, “I don’t like this book because I don’t sympathise with the main character.” It triggered a … Continue reading

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Write on- It’s a shade of grey.

If you haven’t heard of, or read Fifty Shades of Grey, where have you been?  I took a look at the book after hearing all the hype and wanted to see what was the fuss. The first thing that I … Continue reading

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Write on- When is the old murder still new?

I have a yellowed smoke attacked copy of Sir Quiller-Couch’s tome, On The Art of Writing. It was first published in 1916 and I own the “new edition” of 1943,  still a rather long time ago. The “On the Art … Continue reading

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Tales from the City- The Penguincubator rediscovered at Charing Cross!

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When I was down beside the sea, a wooden spade they gave to me to dig the sandy shores….That was the first poem I ever memorised along with another, a really odd choice, the melancholic poem by Verlaine.. Il pleure … Continue reading

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Write on-but for how long?

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I don’t know of any serious writer who doesn’t have a bottomless drawer with projects that just didn’t go anywhere. Completed novels, plays, film ideas, poems, all in the bottom drawer, wasted. But was that really a waste of time? … Continue reading

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Write on- Why Don’t You Love me-or the dreaded rejection letter.

Bah! The dreaded rejection letter! How does one handle it? I sent off my first novel to Random House in New York City. New York City was crucial, as that was where all the big books came from, or so … Continue reading

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Write on- and on and on…word count 700,000

Dear Agent Can I send you my very first novel? It’s only seven hundred thousand odd words.          Errg…I don’t think so.  A large novel is daunting. It just is. It’s physically large to hold, expensive to produce, and has … Continue reading

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