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Benjamin Percy (2016) Thrill Me Essays on Fiction.

If like me you like to read and also do a bit of writing, then this is a book you should read. I like the measured approach of Francine Prose, Reading Like a Writer . Benjamin Percy gets it from the word go. Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird: Some Instructions of Writing and Life prioritises writing before life, but, hey, nobody is watching and nobody is perfect. You can do both. Benjamin Percy bombed on creative writing courses, or workshops, as they...

Leila Slimani (2018) Lullaby, translated by Sam Taylor.

Lullaby, the bestseller and Prix Concourt, winner, written by Liela Slimani, sticks the ending at the beginning. I got to page 65, before giving up. I couldn’t shake the thought that I’d turned my back and that it had been written by software programme as nearly all books will in the future. The baby is dead. It took only a few seconds…The little girl was still alive when the ambulance arrived…Eyes bulging, she seemed to be gasping for air. Her...

Conspiracy Files: The Billionaire Global Mastermind? BBC 2, BBC iPlayer, directed by Mike Rudin.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0008c6g/conspiracy-files-the-billionaire-global-mastermind George Soros is a billionaire. In 1992 British taxpayers handed Soros over $1 billion. Soros gambled that the British pound would continue to fall in value. He shorted the pound in the currency market and won his gamble. Britain’s financial loss was Soros’s gain. Soros also happens to be Jewish. Remember the Protocols of the (Learned) Elders of Zion...

Craving Saturday Afternoon

Cravings. They hate me. It’s Saturday afternoon, I’m lazy, I’m hungry and more importantly… I want cheese. I think to myself, there’s a pizza restaurant not far from my street, maybe I should cover the distance, order some large Hawaiian. Yes, yes, yes, I love pineapples on pizza. Don’t send for me XD Anyway, back to being lazy. I walk over to the fridge, there’s a nice pack of shredded cheddar staring at me. I do this thing whenever I purchase...

A Black and White Killing: The Case that Shook America, BBC 2, BBC iPlayer, directed by  Guy King

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0007zb6/a-black-and-white-killing-the-case-that-shook-america-series-1-episode-1 https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0007zbb/a-black-and-white-killing-the-case-that-shook-america-series-1-episode-2 This is a two-part investigation into a killing. The viewer is left in no doubt that a white man in his mid-forties, Russell Courtier, in his Jeep, ran over and killed a black man, nineteen-year old Larnell...

Untouchable: The Rise and Fall of Harvey Weinstein, BBC 2, BBC iPlayer, directed by Ursula Macfarlane.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p07hbyjc/untouchable-the-rise-and-fall-of-harvey-weinstein I watched this with interest. For those of you that don’t know the story, Bob and Harvey Weinstein came from rags to riches, rent-controlled housing, worked hard and lived the American dream. They created a media monster, Miramax, named after their mum and dad, which was gobbled up by an even bigger player, Disney. And they went on to live happily...

George W MacPherson (2019) Sgaith Amazon Queen of Skye

I read George W MacPherson's Sgaith Amazon Queen of Skye straight through in about four hours. It seemed to me an early draft. There were a number of grammatical errors. Characters seemed one dimensional. Descriptive prose that did take hold was often spoiled by an over-reliance on cliche. Here are a few examples from the start of the book. Without further ado, she stepped forward naked as she was born The cold and the dark seeped into her very...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

An avalanche of wonderful prose this week, so it's been very hard to pick one, but I'm awarding our Story of the Week to Mark Burrows for his extraordinary 'The Pigeon Variant' - and please click on the link even if you've already read it, because he's added an audio version which is every bit as good as the written one. Very honourable mentions to hudsonmoon's 'At the Butcher Shop - A Craven Danger Mystery and to the real-jaw for The Author...

Malcolm McKay (2019) A Line of Forgotten Blood.

Detective novels are straightforward as a pigeon following a trail of breadcrumbs to find out the hand holding a hammer. I hadn't read any of Malcolm Mackay's books before this one, but the greatest compliment you can pay an author is reading another of his books. I'll start -anew-with his earlier debut novel. Here we have the beginnings of the breadcrumbs. ...some eyeless halfwit had gone straight into the side of her car...Freya began to swear...

New book

I made a new book of my short stories: https://amzn.to/2ZzenTF

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