D’s Logic – or how to stay married

Me (Reading this season's CostCo catalogue): Oooh, Costco have a discount on Pianos. Can I have a Piano? Him (paying something less than 100% attention as he focusses on the latest goings-on in Weatherfield): Yes, mmmm. Me (sensing I can probably get a...

Dead is Good by Jo Perry – review

Dead is Good Jo Perry Fahrenheit Press 9/July/2017 In most fiction, the death of the protagonist would be the end of the story, but in Jo Perry’s Charlie & Rose series (previously ‘Dead is Better’ & ‘Dead is Best’) it’s the starting point for a series of books...

Strike A Pose

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Hqh7lwaNKw&t=9s I watched Strike a Pose - which is available on Netflix now - twice this week, and cried both times. I found it both heartbreaking AND inspiring, the sadness coming from the idea of people not quite reaching their...

Death of a Devil – Week One

Well hey there. It’s been a while. What have you been up to? Me? Oh, I wrote a book. Another book. I think – save for a post celebrating Danny's first birthday -  I last posted here when I was in South Africa last October. That was the week I started work on Death of...

Not The Booker Prize Long Long Longlist

  OK, this is huge news (for me). I’m on the Long long (long) list for the Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize, and it’s the first time I’ve ever been on a good list, as opposed to one of those “People we’ll round up when our day comes” ones. I am genuinely excited....

Christmas is Heaven

  Christmas is my favourite holiday; a way to banish the darkness, celebrate the sheer excess of life, and remember - with tears and smiles - the times and people past. Our house fills with memories and memorials at this time of year, and with the smell of...