Genre, old-school storytelling, and voice

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[amazon_link id=”9380905076″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”alignright” ][/amazon_link]My second novel, [amazon_link id=”9380905076″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Descent of the Lyre[/amazon_link], is due out in the next couple of weeks, and although I have not yet received my final author copies, I am experiencing that familiar mixture of trepidation and excitement that comes in the period before a book flies the nest and makes its …

The Snorgh and the Sailor in Leicester Central Library

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Just a quick update to say that I’ll be reading today from [amazon_link id=”1407116525″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Snorgh and the Sailor[/amazon_link] at Leicester Central Library this afternoon. The time is 2pm – 3pm, and there will be various fun activities scheduled along the way as well.

Lowering the Bar

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If there is one thing that seems almost impossible to escape these days, it is the notion of excellence. As a little demonstration of our contemporary obsession with excellence, try this as an experiment: go to the website of any university and type in the term ‘excellence’. Note down the number of search results. Now type in any particular virtue …