I have just posted a reading of “The Waiting Room” to my Walking Thru’ Fire podcast; you can find it here. This is the initial story in my Degrees of Separation collection, and concerns a chance meeting at a remote branch-line railway station one cold January. More information on the collection can be found here.
I was interviewed today in Harrogate Library as part of their ‘Books and Beverages’ series. The interview covered both my writing and publishing exploits. I think it went really well. Unfortunately the event was not streamed as expected (e.g. the Facebook stream kept dropping out) but there is a recording of the event. I will… Read More I’m being interviewed: post-interview update
Just a reminder that tomorrow, Friday 25th November (@13:30 UK-time) I am being interviewed in Harrogate Library as part of their ‘Books and Beverages’ series. The interview will cover both my writing and publishing exploits. I’m looking forward to it hugely! Although this is an in-person event, it is also being filmed and streamed, and… Read More I’m being interviewed tomorrow!
Okay, nothing Albert Camus writes is ever likely to be a bundle of fun – and “Exile and the Kingdom” is no exception. But what it is (as usual) is compelling. In the short stories in this book, Camus digs deeply – and remorselessly – into the psyche of his characters, laying them bare for… Read More “Exile and the Kingdom”
I have just posted a new podcast episode containing five of the sonnets recently shared. You can find them here along with a raft of other material
When I started reading William Boyd’s “Trio” I thought it was some kind of joke. The characters’ names were first to ring alarm bells: Elfrida, Troy, Cornell, Talbot. Indeed, ‘Elfrida’ is the first word. And the style of the opening read a little like an uninspired 1940s or 1950s Hollywood melodrama – a notion that… Read More “Trio”
Published this month, Haruki Murakami has pulled together a collection of eleven articles all covering the subject of what it is to be a novelist. Some of these have been previously published, some are new. A keen reader of Murakami’s fiction, I was lucky enough to get my hands on a pre-publication edition of the… Read More “Novelist as Vocation”
I am pleased to be able to announce the publication of a new edition of my second short story collection, Degrees of Separation. This edition contains a little stylistic reworking and a few other minor amendments. There have also been some changes to font and layout to better align with Coverstory books‘ house style. Degrees… Read More “Degrees of Separation” – a new edition
On Friday 25th November I am being interviewed in Harrogate Library as part of their ‘Books and Beverages’ series. The interview will cover both my writing and publishing exploits. I’m looking forward to it hugely! Although this is an in-person event, it is also being filmed and streamed, and will be available ‘live’ and from… Read More I’m being interviewed!
The phrase is – to the best of my knowledge – original and my own. It is a line from a new poetry project on which I have started work. The only reason I mention it is that I read it out at a writing group today and three people wrote it down. It was,… Read More You can’t spend time twice…
If I was disappointed by Robert Butler Olen’s short story collection “A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain” then it was not because of the individual stories themselves. They are all well-written, and some of them exceptional. But reading the book cover-to-cover, I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed/bored by the lack of variation in the… Read More “A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain”
I am pleased to be able to announce the publication of a new edition of my first short story collection, Secrets & Wisdom. This edition contains a little stylistic reworking and a few other minor amendments. There have also been some changes to font and layout to better align with Coverstory books‘ house style. Secrets… Read More “Secrets & Wisdom” – a new edition
It’s fair to say that it would be entirely realistic to suggest that one could sit down and read Andrew Michael Hurley’s “Starve Acre” in a single session. The book is the right size, well-written, and rattles along at a suitable pace to make consumption in one go not a ridiculous notion. What is less… Read More “Starve Acre”
Following on from the recent issue of a second edition of At Maunston Quay, I have decided that the time is right to work through some of my earlier fiction to offer updated editions. I am staring with Secrets & Wisdom, and have already begun the editing process. Whilst this is in-train, I feel it… Read More Time for a programme of rework…
I am delighted to announce the publication of a new edition of my novel, At Maunston Quay.
Riveting and brilliant… After “Late City” I was looking forward to my second Robert Olen Butler – and “Perfume River” didn’t disappoint. There were a number of things I liked about this book: I already have my next Butler waiting to be read…
I can see why Ruth Ozeki’s “The Book of Form and Emptiness” made it to the Booker Prize shortlist. It’s wonderful. Don’t be put off by the c.550 pages of the paperback version as I nearly was; the novel rewards reading. And persistence isn’t really needed as the story keeps up a good pace throughout.… Read More “The Book of Form and Emptiness”
I liked Sebastian Faulks’ “Snow Country”. That’s the simple summary. It was all you would expect it to be: well-written, well-paced, interesting and complex characters and plot… However, now you expect there’s a ‘but’ coming… But I thought the ending was far too neat and predictable. You could see what was coming from some way… Read More “Snow Country”
Driving home the other day, unbeknownst to me the front passenger-side suspension spring broke on my car. I only realised the extent of the damage once I’d got home, when I saw the virtual zero clearance between tyre and wheel arch. Without doubt something nasty could have happened during those last few miles home… The… Read More Does our writing need a regular service?
I have just reissued some of my earlier podcast episodes. You can find them here.