The cover is soft and silky, the innards have a new extra libel-cleared chapter – and the paperback is out now! In fact, I’m reading extracts from it all over town at the moment. What started out as a labour of love turned into something oddly different, and I’m thrilled that it’s doing so well. [...]
You never see them together, do you, even though they believe in the same stupid things. I’m just saying.
Does reading or writing require total silence, or is it helped by music? There are albums you’re meant to play to unborn children or when you’re studying that are supposed to help you relax or increase concentration, but there’s no scientific basis for that. It’s mainly a question of preference. I always play music while [...]
I’m a fan of podcasts and sites about writing, so I’d like to draw your attention to a site by the broadcaster and novelist N Quentin Woolf (his powerful novel ‘Death of A Poet’ is out now from Serpent’s Tail) which has the participation of myself and others on subjects as diverse as Samuel Beckett [...]
Never be fashionable – it has no future.
It’s true that I once wrote zeitgeist novels. They were out of date within hours of publication. After I’d got over this absurd idea of reflecting fashion (remembering that books take a year to appear, at least, two if they’re in hardback first) I discovered my unfashionable inner [...]
In the opening of Bryant & May 12: ‘The Burning Man’, I’ve homaged my favourite quote from Charles Dickens about London, which comes right at the start of ‘Bleak House’. You’ll probably recall (erudite readers all) that he points out that there is so much mud in the streets that it would not be surprising [...]
It’s official; the British film industry is in the toilet again. In my career I’ve heard this maybe two dozen times, but something has really gone wrong in this decade.
It turns out that only 7% of British films have made any kind of a profit in the past ten years and the number in production [...]
As we know from ‘Saving Mr Banks’, Walt Disney was good at persuading authors that he could turn their treasured works into films, but Pamela Travers was not his only conquest. Nobody now remembers the Swiss beekeeping pastor Johann David Weiss, but in the late 18th century he was so impressed by ‘Robinson Crusoe’ that [...]
While I’m writing, I never shut myself away. Quite the reverse, really; I talk to people, read and watch and share as much as possible. Inevitably I meet fans and newbies, and people who guiltily admit they don’t read (Hey, that’s okay, it’s not compulsory). The main thing for me during the first draft process is [...]
Since 2008, when I started running this pub punch-up of a site (as well as posting on Twitter, Goodreads and two separate Facebook pages, I’ll have you know) I’ve just realised that I’ve managed to clock up more than 3,000 separate pieces, usually posting at least one a day unless I’m travelling somewhere without technology, [...]