Monthly Archives: April 2013

What’s a Book Rep?

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In my last post I mentioned that my next novel will be published in January 2014 instead of September 2013, but I didn’t say why. The reason has to do with the requirements of my publisher’s book reps. So what’s …

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Ringing the Changes

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One of my all time favourite titles comes from a short story collection by the great Grace Paley – Enormous Changes at the Last Minute. The past ten days have felt like that, and although some of the changes have …

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Random Thoughts on Bombing My Homes

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It’s been a difficult week. Margaret Thatcher was buried, but her death resurrected a generation of anger and pain. And, of course, someone for some still unknown reason exploded bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. It doesn’t make …

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Preparing to Publish

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The research is done. The thinking is done. The writing is done. And hurray! The manuscript has been accepted for publication. Now what? I thought I’d make a list for all of us of everything that will need to be …

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Who’s Your Favourite?

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I hate that question, and as a writer I am asked it all the time. The answer seems to change with time, with perspective, with lots of things. But I suppose one good way to know how to answer such …

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Dice World, by Brian Clegg

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Those of you who have been around the blogosphere with me for a while will know that my original obsession was, and continues to be, science. And one of my favourite science writers is Brian Clegg. I wrote about him …

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A Last Post about Cambodia…

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…for now. Just to say, the pdf version of the magazine written by my students during the last Writing Workshop is now available from the Anjali House website here. You can read all about it and, if so moved, you …

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Back to London, Back to Poetry

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I’ve been given two good pieces of advice about how to deal with my return to London and my “Western” life. First, I was told to give myself a week to just stare out the window and allow all the …

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