Operation Mincemeat

I Don’t Make This Stuff Up, You Know

Comedic writing should be taken seriously. It’s harder to pull off than you’d think. You need to have an image of the comedic element that you’re encouraging readers to ‘see’, and you have to divide out the serious elements of a book from the comic ones and keep them separate. Good comedy often comes from the […]

What I’m Reading In December 2

The rest of my bedside table stack comprises; ‘Crime Fiction: A Reader’s Guide’ by the ever-dependable Barry Forshaw. From anyone else a book that’s essentially a collection of suggestions for crime readers might not pass muster, but in Mr Forshaw’s hands it becomes an expert’s check-list of essential must-reads. ‘Operation Mincemeat’ by Ben Macintyre delves […]

The Secret Life Of Books

It’s like having a sports car that no-one else is allowed to drive. I’m probably hurting my eyes, I thought, reading under the bedcovers with the worst torch my father, who had always been a cheap shopper, had ever bought. Having ploughed through every book in the house (not as hard as it sounds) I […]