Thinking Big

Rebellion, the sequel of Succession is out this week. This has led me to consider what I might say about it, if asked. Obviously I might not be asked. but this, in any case, is what I would say… The fiction that has most impressed me in the past has had a certain quality that I…

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The end is nigh!

It has been more than eight years since I started to write Succession and its sequels.  Eight years and four months since I looked up at the angels in the ceiling of Manchester Cathedral and wondered who Margaret Beaufort was. Margaret Beaufort, I should say, is thought to have donated them. So much has happened…

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Hitting the big time?

OK, so, new book out in August, new publicist assigned. The very lovely Julia suggests that I come up with one or two story ideas that she can tout around various magazines. No, the ones I’ve already written sporadically over the years won’t do – the magazines have a specific brief. A particular length, upbeat,…

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some thoughts on writing and publishing…

Recent events have triggered an old line of enquiry in me; a search for an answer to something I’ve never fully understood.  Robin Williams’ death was one trigger and something that happened at work another. I was told by the IT team at MMU that I needed to clear some of my emails from my…

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Better than sex

Ah what can I say about my new book? It has the smell of summer leaves or ripe corn and the touch of silk, the finest spun silk slipping though your fingers.  To touch it is to be reminded of all those childhood mornings when you woke up happy, just because the sky was blue…

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