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Undiscovered Scotland Review

Another review of Silma Hill has been published, this time at Undiscovered Scotland. They describe the story as ‘in many respects timeless’ while it ‘leaves the reader asking questions about the nature of society and the role of religion and

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Press & Journal Coverage

The Press & Journal, newspaper for Aberdeen and the North East, ran a Q&A and an extract from Silma Hill (a different section from The Scotsman). So far they haven’t been put online so I’ve scanned them and present them here. The

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The Launching of Silma Hill

Well, the Silma Hill Book Tour is over. I’m back in Japan dealing with the twin miseries of humidity and jet lag. Seriously, this is the worst I’ve ever had. Three nights in a row awake until 7am and I’m

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Silma Hill Extract in The Scotsman

The lovely people at The Scotsman have included an extract from Silma Hill in their paper. You can read it here. On Wednesday 8th July I’ll be reading and signing copies in The Wash Bar, Edinburgh from 18:30 while on Thursday

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Publication Day

So it’s finally here, the publication day for Silma Hill, and with delightful synchronicity the first review is also in. You can read it here on the Blue Book Balloon blog and if you like what you read, come along to

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Near and Distant Futures

It’s nearly here! It’s Tuesday morning as I write this and by this time on Thursday I’ll be in Incheon Airport transferring to the second of the three flights I need to take to get from Nagoya to Aberdeen without

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Competitions and Giveaways

In 2012 Raging Aardvark Publishing produced a book called New Sun Rising, an anthology of stories to raise money for the survivors of the March 11th 2011 triple disaster in Japan. An extract from my unpublished novel Dog Mountain was included and so

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Silma Hill Book Tour

It’s that time of year, folks. A new novel and a new book tour to promote it. I will be reading, signing books, answering questions and partaking of the odd tipple at the following venues: June 29th, The Blue Lamp,

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Coming Up For Air

At last, I hear you cry, a post that isn’t just a link to a Japan Times article. Yes, of late my epistles to the outside world have been a bit samey, but there are good reasons for that. Obviously

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Notes from the Midst of a Novel.

Busy, busy, busy. I sort of crashed into the Christmas holidays on a wave of adrenaline and exhaustion. To all intents and purposes working three jobs, the end of the year hit me like a temporal cricket bat to the

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