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Readers Club

If you enjoy my books, there’s every chance you may enjoy the books I enjoy reading, and that I may enjoy the books you read. So here’s where we can share our favourites and explain what makes them special.

Readers Club

If you enjoy my books, there’s every chance you may enjoy the books I enjoy reading, and that I may enjoy the books you read. So here’s where we can share our favourites and explain what makes them special.

Cabaret

Cabaret

OK, Cabaret is a musical and film, rather that a book, so I’m approaching this book review rather tangentially. It’s just that Claire took me to see Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club in London last week. Cabaret is, of course, based on the book Goodbye to Berlin by...

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The Man Who Died Twice

The Man Who Died Twice

I must have heard Richard Osman advertising his second book on ClassicFM dozens of times. I can’t remember exactly how it went. Something like: there are murders, mafia and Colombian drug barons, diamonds, drugs, spies, laughter and tears. I didn’t doubt the laughter....

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You Never Can Tell

You Never Can Tell

No, not the Chuck Berry song, the play by George Bernard Shaw. Claire and I went to see it years ago. It was probably at the Theatre Royal in Bath, but could have been London. Edward Fox was playing the waiter, William. He was brilliant, of course. What Shaw does with...

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What connects Alexander Dumas, Bob Geldof, and Rock Hudson?

What connects Alexander Dumas, Bob Geldof, and Rock Hudson?

I connect them. In late 1986 I spent three months managing the refurbishment of the cooling tower on the Port Sudan Oil Refinery. I had a team of five Irishmen, two Scotsmen, and dozens of Sudanese and Nigerians. Surrounding the refinery millions of people were...

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Inspiration for Writing Style

Inspiration for Writing Style

The inspiration for my style of historical fiction writing comes from my reading. I read several Dennis Wheatley books as a teenager. Wheatley is probably best known for his occult novels like The Devil Rides Out. However the ones that most influenced me are The...

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On Writing

On Writing

Sticking with Stephen King. On Writing is autobiographical and also packed with advice on the craft of writing. I loved it. I just opened it and flicked through it again. I came across this: “Not every book has to be loaded with symbolism, irony, or musical language...

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Senlac Book One

Senlac Book One

To write a book set around the events of 1066, would seem prone to the ultimate spoiler alert. I can’t say that I kept turning the page to discover who won. The triumph of this book is instead to immerse us in the politics and the everyday life of the time. We get...

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The Wicked Wit Of Queen Elizabeth II

The Wicked Wit Of Queen Elizabeth II

I haven’t posted for a few days. I thought perhaps a review for Readers Club of The Wicked Wit of Queen Elizabeth II, compiled by Karen Dolby would be appropriate. We have been so thankful for her tireless service, rightly so. She also had a wonderful sense of humour....

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One Hundred Days

One Hundred Days

One Hundred Days is Admiral Sir John (Sandy) Woodward’s account of the Falkland’s War, written with Patrick Robinson. Woodward was commander of the task force which recaptured the Falkland Islands in 1982 following an Argentinian invasion. Patrick Robinson is an...

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