Tag: fiction


  • FICTION: Supermarket Sweep

    FICTION: Supermarket Sweep

    The witch in the supermarket didn’t look like a witch. For a start, she didn’t have a big pointy hat or nose to match. There wasn’t a hairy wart on her chin and her skin wasn’t green. In fact, she had great skin. There was a good reason for her flawless face, and she explained […]

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  • The Path to Happiness

    The Path to Happiness

    Most writers arrive fully-formed, their debut novel hailed as something special and original. That or they’re just ignored and left to fend for themselves. The word ‘debut’ carries a special cache around the publishing industry. I started off performing live shows, writing my own stories, hoping to be published one day. Twilight was a huge […]

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  • Life For Sale by Yukio Mishima

    Life For Sale by Yukio Mishima

    Originally serialised in Playboy Magazine (in Japan) between May to October of 1968, Life For Sale wasn’t available to read in The UK for decades. Thankfully Penguin Classics decided to turn Yukio Mishima’s stories into a novel and, with the help of Stephen Dodd’s translation which makes the story accelerate along, this classic by is […]

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  • Walking back to Happiness…

    Now that the news is out about Happiness Is Wasted On Me (it’s available to pre-order hint hint hint), I can’t get myself sorted for actually getting out and about, promoting it. I’ve been speaking to some venues, looking at doing live shows, or literary salons. They’re the only salons I go to! Everything is […]

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  • Ways of pre-ordering Happiness is Wasted on Me

    Just incase you don’t know I have a new book to plug (it’s in the contract that I promote it), then here’s a quick recap: My first novel for adults is now available for pre-order. You can buy it in lots of places. Waterstones I use a lot of bookshops. Waterstones is one of them. […]

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  • The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas

    The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas

    I have certain rituals that I carry out every year around this time. It’s how I survive the winter. There are certain television shows I re-watch for comfort in the cold. For instance, December doesn’t feel right unless I sit through Christmas With The Joker, my favourite episode of Batman: The Animated Series and The […]

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  • The Arthur Nersesian Fan Club

    The Arthur Nersesian Fan Club

    Some authors are so good that I’ll literally drop whatever I’m doing to rush off to a bookshop so I can get their latest novel. However, it isn’t always that easy, if only because not all bookshops stock the authors I stalk. One example is Arthur Nersesian. I love his fiction ardently. His writing style […]

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  • Banana Yoshimoto Is Good For You

    Banana Yoshimoto Is Good For You

    When my mother took a nervous breakdown (her fourth in a week), she was prescribed a book by her GP. “Fuck reading the book,” she snarled. “I want Valium.” In theory, the NHS scheme of giving patients a list of books to make them feel better is a worthy thing to do. In practice, most […]

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  • Review: Kamikaze Girls by Novala Takemoto

    Review: Kamikaze Girls by Novala Takemoto

    A cult smash in Japan that inspired a movie of the same name, I stumbled on Kamikaze Girls whilst on a book buying spree at Blackwell’s in Edinburgh. There was something cool about the cover art: the colours, the photography, the scrawled illustration. It all appealed, so I snatched it up and read it in […]

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  • Spite And Malice At High School

    Spite And Malice At High School

    I’ve spent the last few years writing fiction for younger people. I’m quite happy with what I’ve put out so far, because there’s a market for weird books for the weirdo teens. I was one myself, and I always wanted to write books that I would have read at that age. But being an author […]

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