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Agatha Christie: Part Two

Over A Century Of Love (Which When She Was All About Murder Seems Weird…) On the edge of a sleepy village in Oxfordshire, not too far from the River Thames’ meandering path towards London, lies St Mary’s Church; the graveyard overlooking the fields of the surrounding countryside. At the far end of the yard is … Continue reading Agatha Christie: Part Two

Agatha Christie: Part One

Where To Begin? Generally there are three authors I turn to when in need. That is the need to read something but don’t know what as well as something not too heavy going: James Herriot, Gerald Durrell and Agatha Christie. Fortunately between the three of them they wrote a lot of books. The most prolific … Continue reading Agatha Christie: Part One

Foxing: Part Two

My Adventures With… When I started writing the blog about foxing it ended up being a lot longer than I’d anticipated so I decided to split it in two parts. You can find Part One here and it discusses how I’d noticed that some of my books, which I aim to keep in as pristine … Continue reading Foxing: Part Two

Foxing: Part One

My Adventures With… Those dark spots on the page or across the fore edge (the opposite to the book’s spine) might make the book looked aged and interesting, but I hate them. I like my books to remain as close to a pristine condition as I can possibly keep them, and for the most part … Continue reading Foxing: Part One

Your Worlds

Authentic Tour Guides In various blogs I’ve extolled the works of authors who write about the very different worlds they grew up with. Both Patrick Kavanagh’s The Green Fool and Laurie Lee’s Cider With Rosie tell of almost idyllic rustic childhoods of yesteryear, in a world so different from our own. There is a fascinating … Continue reading Your Worlds

The Kroagnon Effect

Everyone Should Read This, But No You Can’t See It… Writing is personal, whether consciously or subconsciously parts of yourself, your inner-self, will bleed into your work; which is one of the reasons I hide behind a nom de plume, sorry Trevor. But there is more to it than that. The amount of work that … Continue reading The Kroagnon Effect

The Down Side

Putting The Misery Into Tragedy As my last blog was a bizarre shout at the planet to both slow down and get better I thought I would need to make the next one more upbeat… So I’m going to tell you about two of the most depressing books I’ve read. Be warned there are SPOILERS … Continue reading The Down Side

I’m Questioning How Much I’ve Achieved This Year… Is That Just Me?

Did January Actually Happen? What happened to January? It went so fast that I didn’t properly notice to write a blog complaining about it until the third of February. I find it hard to believe that I was listening to the manic fireworks set off near where I live over a month ago, yet I … Continue reading I’m Questioning How Much I’ve Achieved This Year… Is That Just Me?

The History Of Rome

A Lot To Discover Personally speaking I’m glad I’m not a Roman, no offence is meant to modern natives of the Italian capital. Shockingly I’ve only been there once and I do need to visit again, and when I say I need to, it’s a burning desire that demands to be soon quenched (although of … Continue reading The History Of Rome

2020 In Reading Part One

My reads, not the books that came out this year… December last year I complied a blog about some of the books I’d read during 2019. I normally do look back over what I’d read over the previous twelve months at this time of year as it gives me a sense of achievement and so … Continue reading 2020 In Reading Part One

Recent Interview

With SmartCherry (Twitter @SmartCherrysTho ) Yesterday I had the pleasure of being interviewed by SmartCherry. You can find his YouTube channel here. These days I’m used to video chatting with people, as most of us are; it’s strange to watch it back though. I’m pleased to say, although I move about a bit and use … Continue reading Recent Interview

The Deep Ways Of Thinking

“I am no poet, I am no philosopher, I’m just trying to help you out.” A little late but the 2020 Nobel Prize for literature has been awarded… and I’d never heard of her… sorry. Having done a bit of research, however, I decided that I approved of the selection (don’t have a go at … Continue reading The Deep Ways Of Thinking

Dystopian Battles

Orwell vs Huxley Dystopia is a whole category of fiction in itself, there are countless books creating dark and twisted societies based on authoritarian overlords and the such. If you were going to boil the whole genre down there are two books that, to my mind, define the whole concept. Nineteen Eighty-Four and Brave New … Continue reading Dystopian Battles

Indoldrum – Out Now!

My new novel. My new novel Indoldrum is now out! After a long period of writing, redrafting, editing and proofing I realised I was at the point where I could unleash it on the world. It’s available on Amazon and for the weekend of 8th and 9th August 2020 the e-book will be free of … Continue reading Indoldrum – Out Now!

Belize It, It’s Great

The literature of this Central American/ Caribbean nation. Belize isn’t a country that gets much attention. Bordering the Caribbean to the east, Mexico to the north and Guatemala to the south and west, most people know little about this Central American country. This is a shame. A couple of years ago I lived there for … Continue reading Belize It, It’s Great

The Satellite Blog

Expanding to music. I’ve really been enjoying have a literature based blog. I love books and the opportunity to share some of my favourites is something I’m having a great amount of fun with. I also love music. The whole music industry is much more expanded since things went online, there is so much more … Continue reading The Satellite Blog

Slow Reads

The gentle stories. Ever since the rise of McDonalds and their kin the word fast has become synonymous with lesser quality. I don’t always agree, and even when the “fast version” isn’t the luxury type there is still a place for it. A few years ago a winner of the Eurovision Song Contest got criticised … Continue reading Slow Reads

Giving Away Too Much

The fear of spoiling. On my last post I spoke about how I prefer to know as little as possible about a book before I read it. This goes for most other things as well, TV programmes, plays and films for example. Whilst most people don’t want spoilers I’m probably at the far end of … Continue reading Giving Away Too Much

Avoiding Spoilers

Don’t tell me anything. Ironically there may be some spoilers in the following blog. Earlier this year I finally got round to reading Curtain by Agatha Christie. In general I love Christie’s books and with so many of them it took me a while to get round to Curtain. However there is something different about … Continue reading Avoiding Spoilers

North Korea In Books

Some interesting reads. For a country that is said to be closed off from the rest of the world there is an awful lot of books and documentaries about North Korea. I guess the fact that as soon as you are told something is a secret we can’t help but want to know. I’ve read … Continue reading North Korea In Books

Modern Literary Zeitgeists

Books everyone seemed to be reading at the time. There always seem to be books about that everyone is reading at that moment. You used to see them held firmly open on buses and trains, I have a habit that if I’m sitting by someone who is reading something that I’ve not heard of but … Continue reading Modern Literary Zeitgeists

All Creatures In Print

Because animals cheer us up. Just a glance at Twitter and Facebook shows that a lot of people like animals. Videos, pictures, gifs about cats, dogs, goats and anything else prove that featuring fauna is always going to be popular. As we are all inside at the moment and as it’s spring, the time of … Continue reading All Creatures In Print

Why Dublin?

The reasons for setting a novel in the city. As I state elsewhere I’m not Irish. However I have lived for many of my important years in Dublin. To me it’s the default city. I’ve lived in other places but the experiences I have had in the Irish capital are really what made me me. … Continue reading Why Dublin?

Children’s Literature

It’s not just for kids. Generally I’m not a great fan of watching the film/ TV series of a book I’ve read. I don’t like how they miss things out or change parts. I don’t like being told that a character looks nothing like I had them in my head. This hasn’t always been the … Continue reading Children’s Literature

A Whole New Logic

It’s a universe in itself. Each book is a world, thought out and destined by the writer. The author has full control over the lives and the events of the character’s lives. Therefore a bookshelf is many universes sitting side by side. In some we recognise something close to our actual reality; a true story … Continue reading A Whole New Logic

2019 In Reading Part One

My reads, not the books that came out this year… At the end of the year I tend to look back on the books I’ve read during that time and feel a nice sense of accomplishment. This year I’ve got through some ones that had been sitting in my reading pile for years – I … Continue reading 2019 In Reading Part One

And The Winner Is…

Thank you for this award. This week the laureates of the Nobel Prize For Literature 2018 and 2019 both received their awards. I’m not going to get into the controversy over one of them, instead I’m wondering how many writers have fantasied about winning it for themselves. The Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded … Continue reading And The Winner Is…

Thank You Terrance Dicks

Now my life is full of books. It’s a little bit late, sorry. I’ve had loads of stuff in my personal life to deal with (having Meniere’s is no fun). But I wanted to draw people’s attention to Terrance Dicks. Very sadly he passed away in August. He was one of the big influences that … Continue reading Thank You Terrance Dicks

The Trials Of Setting Up A Blog!

Whilst I set this up there may be some random things appearing! Sorry for that. Oh that’s a picture I took from the top of Xunantunich (Sho-nan-toe-nitch) – a Maya temple in Belize – it’s there because I wanted a picture of something and this is the first blog and no one is reading it.

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