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Apr 20

The time I totally lost my s**t – and what I did to get it back again

An Arvon Writing Retreat is the cure for many ills –  including Cold Feet and Imposter Syndrome. To have two novels published and two on the way is “a consummation devoutly to be wished” for any aspiring writer. I don’t expect sympathy for a career that is moving in the right direction so far, but …

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Feb 03

And then… my first ever Hardback book was launched!

So, in my exciting journey to get my books out there and build a readership, there are high points (and low points) but here’s a good one: Book Launch The Book Ferret, The High Street, Arundel 6-8pm, Thursday 15th February Come and raise a glass to celebrate my publication day and be among the first …

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Jul 19

Revealed: the one career-killing thing agents and publishers do to aspiring writers.

If you are a writer approaching an agent or publisher, be aware….How ever good your novel, however polished your synopsis, there is one thing they do when you make contact with them that could kill your career like a bullet through the heart. The warning came from an audience member at the 2017 RNA Conference …

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Jun 22

Southern Rail Guards and why “doing your job” is optional, apparently.

Last night I was coming home after a publishing event in London I was on a late train from Victoria to Bognor Regis. There was a man in my carriage who was so staggeringly drunk and deranged I’m astonished he didn’t wet himself.  Actually he probably did wet himself.  I didn’t look.  Anyways, the entire …

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Jun 11

And another thing…

Can I just ask…? In a world where the big questions include; whether ISIS will ever come to its senses and stop killing people; will the Kyoto agreement do enough to stop our planet simply melting and would the US be better off leaving Trump’s wig to run the country rather than allowing his gob …

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May 31

My dark secret revealed at last

Yes, it’s true, despite my congenital inability to keep my gob shut I have been harbouring a BIG secret for several months now. OK, I might have told a couple of people… fine, maybe a few more than a couple, aaanyway my huge secret is: Ta da! I have signed a hugely exciting TWO BOOK …

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Feb 10

The one where I tell people NOT to follow their dreams

I can hear the screams of outrage but I just think we might have gone a teensy bit too far with the whole “You can do anything you put your mind to, follow your dreams, no limits, reach for the stars…” stuff. Please can we accept that we can’t all excel at everything – even …

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Jan 15

The one about how the blame game means never having to say you’re sorry…

We live in a litigious society and some NHS Trusts have recently been criticised for allowing compensation lawyers to sponsor patient information leaflets in return for advertising their services. The question is, does the defensive, opaque and antagonistic mindset that almost inevitably results from constant fear of litigation truly serve the human need to understand …

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Dec 07

The one about Donald Trump and my daughter

Donald Trump makes me think. No honestly, he does. Largely he makes me think about casual misogyny, the objectification of women and low grade, unedifying sexual assaults by strangers – less the dark alley stuff of the worst nightmares… more the low, furtive, really rather pathetic groping that I suspect is commonplace, which is absolutely …

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Mar 10

Never Marry a Politician now out in every format you could possibly think of

Ok maybe not absolutely every format, but – as of this week – you can read my debut novel ‘Never Marry A Politician’ in all digital platforms AND paperback.  This means that, at last, when my father asks; “yes but when can I just go into a book shop and buy a copy?” the answer …

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