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Betrayal by  by David Gilman
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We Brits have somewhat of a reputation on the international stage as stirring up trouble from behind the curtain. We were accused of it during the lead up to the World Wars and even today regimes will cite the UK as instigating unrest. Us, never! The likes of James Bond and David Gilman’s...

Article by Sam Tyler on 30th January 2023
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Bellatrix by  by Simon Turney
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Given a time machine where would you travel? Reading a lot of Historic Fiction as taught me that the Roman Empire would not be my choice. Life was hard and short for many people and that included many of the emperors. It could be a challenging time to survive in. Becoming a...

Article by Sam Tyler on 5th January 2023
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The Wheel of Doll by  by Jonathan Ames
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The humble Private Investigator is a put-upon character, often lonely, whenever they find love, that love seems to end up dead. No wonder so many of them have a problem with drink, gambling, or drugs – perhaps a mix of all three. Few PIs can hold a candle to Happy Doll, he is not even a PI...

Article by Sam Tyler on 7th December 2022
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When asked, "How do you write?" I invariably answer, "one word at a time."
- Stephen King
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The Book of Mars by  by Stuart Clark
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I am a student of history. In that I love to learn about history, but I did a degree in the subject. What I find the most fascinating is how history evolves – an event happened and that will never change, but how we precisive it does. The fashions and knowledge of the present day impacts...

Article by Sam Tyler on 10th November 2022
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The Apollo Murders by  by Chris Hadfield
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The sense of adventure and bravery that someone needed to explore space in the 60s and 70s is beyond me. All that separates you from the vacuum of space is a few sheets of glass and metal. The technology onboard is simpler than the type of things you would get in a child’s electronic...

Article by Sam Tyler on 6th September 2022
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Double or Nothing by  by Kim Sherwood
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James Bond has evolved through the decades from the original Ian Fleming books to a world-famous series of films and even classic computer games, but at their heart the best Bonds all hark back to Fleming’s style. Double or Nothing by Kim Sherwood is a surprise then as it is a Bond book...

Article by Sam Tyler on 31st August 2022
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There are many genres out there and you can find yourself as a reader sticking to the same ones. I always noticed the large collection of Westerns and books on historic America in my public library growing up. Most of them in large print, which suggested that the audience was older than my...

Article by Sam Tyler on 2nd August 2022
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Pod by  by Laline Paull
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Nature, red in claw and tooth. It is a world of the strong surviving the weak dying. Therefore, fiction that tells a story from the animal perspective can be full on. Watership Down and The Animals of Farthing Wood have managed to traumatise many a youth and even the jolly Redwall books I used...

Article by Sam Tyler on 7th April 2022
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When asked, "How do you write?" I invariably answer, "one word at a time."
- Stephen King
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A man called Ove by  by Fredrik Backman
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Never judge a person till you've walked a mile in their shoes, the late Terry Pratchett might add "because then you're a mile away, and have their shoes". It's something we do all the time, form snap judgements about people and situations, often based on first impressions. Perhaps it's a genetic...

Article by Ant on 24th February 2022
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The Dead of Winter by  by Nicola Upson
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There are two types of Christmases: merry or blue. Whether you are more Slade or Elvis will depend on the experiences you have had in the past on December 25th. Have your winters been full of family fun and presents? Do you get a sense of wellbeing and good tidings to...

Article by Sam Tyler on 12th January 2022
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Kill Me Goodbye by  by A K Reynolds
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There is an internet meme of Will Ferrel playing a dishevelled looking Anchorman and stating, “well that escalated quickly.” I have read many crime thrillers in my time, and they often pick up pace and rattle along, but none have...

Article by Sam Tyler on 10th January 2022
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Five Decembers by  by James Kestrel
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Noir is not always an easy genre to write, there is a timeless tone to it. You can pick up a book that was written 70 years ago and it still has all the effortless style to make it incredibly readable. If you are going to write a new noir set during the classic noir period you are not only...

Article by Sam Tyler on 19th November 2021
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