Category: Books

Why get your head together in the country? 9

Why get your head together in the country?

My idea in renaming the blog bit of the website has root in my new (still in production) book, ‘A Hero For High Times’, and it is, at least in part, a reaction to...

How indeed… 0

How indeed…

This is a first pass in some haste to say hello to you, subscribers, regular visitors, victims of search engines (North/South divide? Tit-rub?) etc to the new look website. This is the fifth full...

Teachers getting lost 2

Teachers getting lost

When I’m teaching, I often tell my students not to worry about originality. ‘Originality,’ I tell ’em, ‘is a shibboleth. The only writer who we know for sure was original was Homer. After that,...

Lumb Bank week in the snow. 0

Lumb Bank week in the snow.

Just back from a wonderful week tutoring an Arvon course at Lumb Bank, in the hills above Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire. All week, the snow stayed about a foot deep, until Friday night, when...

Novels and Kindle. 10

Novels and Kindle.

Hope springs eternal, especially in the hearts of mid-listers. This week my novels ‘In Southern Waters’ and ‘The Battle for Dole Acre’ are republished for the Kindle, and hope insists that maybe this time...

Qualcosa della notte… (according to Babel Fish, anyway) 4

Qualcosa della notte… (according to Babel Fish, anyway)

I heard today that DeAgostini have offered to publish Something of the Night in Italy, and that the excellent Claudio Silipigni is once again to be my ‘translator’, just as he was for ‘The...