Research, One Couch at a Time

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After several years of research, writing and rewriting, my second novel, [amazon_link id=”9380905076″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Descent of the Lyre,[/amazon_link] is now finally published by the excellent Roman Books (in the UK at least—if you are in the USA, you will have to wait until December 11th), and it’s good to see that the novel seems to be already getting …

Review of “The Descent of the Lyre” on Tasting Rhubarb

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I’m very pleased to have received a lovely review of my second novel, [amazon_link id=”9380905076″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Descent of the Lyre[/amazon_link] over on Jean Morris’s wonderful Tasting Rhubarb blog. Here’s an extract from the review:   You find yourself admiring this book very much: the fluid, flowing prose and fierce, colourful historical detail… This stark, sad story somehow makes you feel a bit …

The Lyre & the Leicester Mercury

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Just a quick post to say that there’s a nice little article in the Leicester Mercury about my new novel, [amazon_link id=”9380905076″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Descent of the Lyre[/amazon_link] in the Leicester Mercury. To have a read, go here.

Understanding, misunderstanding and failing to understanding the classics

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I’m writing this from Bangor, where I’m at a conference on Cultural Translation and East Asia; and in about an hour’s time, I’ll be in a panel where I’ll talking about the Chinese classic the Yijing 易經 (I Ching) and about my novel-in-progress, A Book of Changes, which puts the Yijing to work as a kind of literature machine, giving rise to …

Cultural Translation and East Asia.

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This weekend I’m at the Cultural Translation and East Asia conference in Bangor (link here) — a friendly gathering of China, Japan and Korea scholars working in film, literature, language and other areas. I’ll be reading a paper called Telling Tales about the Yijing which is about, amongst other things, three legged crows (三足烏) mythical fish, the art of looking at water …

The Descent of the Lyre Now Published (an interview)

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Well, I’m pleased to say that my second novel, [amazon_link id=”9380905076″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Descent of the Lyre[/amazon_link], is now published, and so I thought in honour of the occasion I would post the following interview that first saw the light of day over on Necessary Fiction. The interview that follows was conducted by my one and only pseudonym …

The Descent of the Lyre: now out in hardback

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I’m delighted to say that my novel, The Descent of the Lyre, is now out in hardback and [amazon_link id=”9380905076″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]available to buy[/amazon_link]. The novel, a reinvention of sorts of the myth of Orpheus, is set in Bulgaria and Paris in the nineteenth century, and traces the history of the guitarist-saint Ivan Gelski, Ivan of Gela. Find …