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Once More Around the Sun

And a happy new year to you all (if you go by the Gregorian calendar, there’s obviously still Chinese New Year, Tet in Vietnam and a bunch of others to come). I’m writing this on the morning of January 2nd,

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The Long Defeat by Akiko Hashimoto and Not The Booker

My latest piece for the Japan Times is a review of Akiko Hashimoto’s brilliant sociological study of how defeat in World War 2 has manifested in contemporary Japanese society. Balanced and insightful, it goes behind the easy simplifications normally attributed

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Not The Booker

So folks, after the kicking I got in 2014, I’m now back on the Not The Booker shortlist with The Waves Burn Bright and hoping to erase the memory (at least in Google) of that ‘review’. If you enjoyed The

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Award-winning Friends and Reviews

Hi folks, I’ll be back soon with a proper update and some big news but in the meantime here are two nuggets of happiness to tide you over. First off, Kirstin Innes – an old friend and fellow stablemate at Freight

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Novels, Poems and Podcasts

So, as Donald Trump might put it, time for a round up. Since last we met I have, with the tireless efforts of Rodge Glass, completed the edit of my third novel. I’m waiting for confirmation from Freight that the

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First Time Solo: Historical Novel Society Review

Editing, editing, editing. Ma heid’s like mince. Congratulations to Kirstin Innes, whose Fishnet has been shortlisted for the Guardian Not The Booker Prize. The reading and voting will commence soon so if you have a moment, head over, check up on

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The Workers’ Guide To The World

Good news often comes shackled to bad news. I’m delighted that my story ‘The Workers’ Guide To The World’ is included in the latest issue of Outside In Magazine, unfortunately it’s also the last issue. I hope the two aren’t

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