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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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Books I Want to Read in 2020

I still haven’t got used to it being 2020. Even more than normal when we get to a new year, it doesn’t feel real, and feels like it should still be the future… Anyway, I was going to write a very different article called ‘Top 10 Books I Want to […]

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My Reading Year 2019

As is usual at the end of December, I’m looking back on my year of reading during 2019. This is made much easier than it used to be, thanks to Goodreads and its handy ‘your year in books page’. According to it – I have read 35 books this year, […]

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Quiz Books

Quiz Books I’ve co-written several quiz books with my wife which are available on the Amazon Kindle store. You can find these on the links below, the main link is to Amazon.co.uk, the one in brackets is to Amazon.com Frosty’s Christmas Quiz Book  (USA link here) – This is a […]

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Christmas in the Trenches – a short story

I’m not in the habit of self-publishing stories, but it’s Christmas Eve and this is rather fitting for the occasion. It’s an old story of mine that I wrote several years ago, and has been languishing on my computer ever since. Hope you enjoy. Christmas in the Trenches by Steve Haywood […]

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Until a couple of years ago, I wasn’t a fan of short stories. I’d tried to read a few and they were either boring or I just didn’t get them – or often both at once! I think partly it is about mindset – I’d spent all my life to […]

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Top 10 Political Novels to Read

I’ve always enjoyed a good political thriller, but I think my love of this particular genre increased massively after becoming a major fan of the TV series The West Wing in the early 2000s. Even to this day it is probably my favourite TV series. I was gutted when it […]

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Writing & submitting short stories

I’ve decided to write a journal to keep track of my writing, rejections, acceptances, what I’ve learned along the way. Rather than just be a diatribe of complaints, I’m intending that each post will be on a particular topic. Hopefully some of what I’m writing will be of use to […]

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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.