Finishing a first draft

Today I completed the first draft of a new political thriller. It’s quite short at 82k words. It’s set mostly in London. I’ve been working on it since November 17.  It’s not special in any way as far as thrillers go. It’s pretty...

Painful but essential reading

Losing Small Wars: British Military Failure in Iraq and Afghanistan by Frank Ledwidge, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 2011 It’s not often that a well-written, extensively researched, authoritative and devastatingly honest non-fiction work...

Blacksmith

Last night I completed the first draft of a new novel. I have a distinct feeling that this will eventually be locked up in the digital equivalent of a bottom drawer, never to see the light of day. It’s short, which is probably its only virtue. Working title:...

Lower Than Angels

I’m sure everyone has lots of ideas for novels. Who hasn’t been approached by someone bursting to impart a ‘brilliant’ idea that’s absolutely guaranteed to be a bestseller? Some ideas do seem promising, others less so, and it goes without saying that it’s not the idea...

Review: The Big Breach by Richard Tomlinson

Cutting Edge Press, Edinburgh, 2001 Richard Tomlinson was a brilliant young spy. The UK’s Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), also known as MI6, was lucky to have him. He was intelligent, tough both mentally and physically, skilled, brave and had loads of initiative....

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