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Crime Fiction Tour of Britain – Part One

What do you think of when you think of British crime fiction? For many people it might be Agatha Christie and her clever sleuths Poirot or Marple, investigating murder in cosy country houses full of people with secrets to hide. There’s a lot more to British crime fiction than that […]

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Short Story – The Old Station Clock

This story was first published in a small press magazine, Door is a Jar, in January 2020, but I’m republishing it on here, so people can read it for free. It’s only a very short ‘flash fiction’ story, but it holds a particular significance for me. It depicts in brief […]

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If you’ve not yet seen my posts on the Hugo Award Nominees 2020 and the Nebula Award Nominees 2020, then check them out now for a list of all the nominees in the novel, novella, novelette and short story categories. This year, I’ve challenged myself to read all of the […]

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As anyone who knows me will be well aware, I’m a keen board gamer. Normally, my wife and I host board game evenings with friends a couple of times a week. At the moment though, due to the global Coronavirus pandemic, this isn’t possible due to social distancing. We have […]

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Last month I wrote about the Nebula Award nominees, and also my reading challenge to read all of the nominees (well, novels and short stories at least, plus some of the novellas/novelettes). I promised an update, which hasn’t materialised yet, but I’ll get to that soon, promise. In the meantime, […]

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The Last Service by Steve Haywood

I don’t tend to self-publish stories, preferring to get stories published in literary/genre magazines and websites. However I posted one at Christmas last year, and thought I’d post another one today as it is Easter. This is the story of a church that is closing down, causing one elderly churchgoer […]

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Nebula Award Nominees 2020   It’s that time of the year when nominations come out for the major SF & Fantasy awards. Last year, I read all of the nominees for Best Short Story for both the Hugo & Nebula Awards. It was a great challenge to do, and introduced […]

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As a teenager I didn’t read a lot of science fiction books; my tendencies were more in the direction of epic fantasy. It was only as an adult that I started seriously reading SF. I’ve always felt therefore that I needed to catch up on the science fiction classics. How […]

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1970 in Books

I’m starting a new series today, part of a wider project I’m doing going year by year and looking at all different entertainment – movies, TV series, games etc. But here it’s books, starting today with 1970. As usual, all book title links are to a book’s entry on Goodreads. […]

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Top 10 Books About Books

For a bookworm like me, there’s nothing quite like reading a book about books. It provides fuel to sate the reading appetite, more piles of books for your To Be Read List, and it’s fun and interesting to hear the opinions of fellow bookworms past and present. Here’s a 10 […]

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This site is mostly about books, short stories and reading and writing generally. As well as writing about books I occasionally write on other topics I’m interested in – check out the Misc section to find out more.

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