A Short Story In defence of Jackdaw Scrummach, it should be recorded that he was never very good at saying no. He wasn’t exactly a ‘yes-man’, but he was certainly not a ‘no-man’, and that was why he ended up knocking on Polly Seton’s door so terribly early in the morning. Or rather, why he … Continue reading Another Kind of Luck : A Short Story
Anxiety. It’s a funny word but a far less funny existence. It's also commonly associated with millennials. But why? Is there really a reason for this?
I love books. No surprises there. But what I love about them is not just their stories or even the writer's way with words. It's the physical thing. The words set in ink or pixels, the weight in my hands, the breath as I start a new page. There is something marvellous about books, they … Continue reading Unbound: All I Want For #CrowdfundChristmas
The list of banned books is a pretty impressive though not particularly exclusive club. And the number one reason for most being on there is not obscenity or insensitivity: it is fear. Fear, which makes us self-censor our words and stop before we write. Fear, which can make us better writers and readers... but only if we let it.
I’ve always found the best talks answer only enough questions to make you ask more. In spite of the ‘folk science’ element to what was said at ‘Good Psychopath, Really?’, a talk by Professor Kevin Dutton and author Andy McNab, the ideas definitely shoved me far enough away from my baseline to give me a space-eyed … Continue reading Are You A Psychopath? Are You Sitting Next To One?
Splinter the Silence is a timely psychological thriller with an unusual emphasis on characterisation. Looking at online abuse and trolling, Val McDermid's power of observation and journalistic talent is close to its best in the latest Tony Hill and Carol Jordan instalment.
So many of these questions were answered by a) Harry Potter, b) crime fiction, and c) literary classics, d) fantasy and e) young adult… I've decided I'm splitting those off into their own little subsects. Some of the answers are in here anyway. And you'll be able to link through to the other editions once they're live.