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Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

This is a book to read, be amazed by and then to evaluate in the light of the time that has passed since. The broad thrust of Gladwell's argument seems to be supported, but some of the detail might be controversial. Some of the aspects of society that he brings up are...
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Atomic Habits by James Clear

This is one of those books that, if implemented, could change your life. I'm not going to say too much about it here, except that it has the best opening page of any book I've ever read. And then continues with a fascinating description of how Clear came to understand...

David Copperfield

David CopperfieldI don't know about you, but I often daydream about which books, movies or albums I'd take to a desert island and, for the past ten years or so, David Copperfield has been on that list. I studied Dickens at school, but it bored the pants off me, so I...
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Before, During, and After: How the Flare Ended the World

Before, During, and After: How the Flare Ended the World (A Post-Apocalyptic Anthology)I was delighted to have one of my stories chosen for this anthology of post apocalyptic fiction. There are nineteen stories in total, all set within the same world and mine...

Wolf in Shadow by David Gemmell

Buy the book on Amazon.com Buy the book on Amazon.co.uk Buy the book elsewhere By David Gemmell Written originally to be a standalone novel, Wolf in Shadow eventually became the first in a trilogy of stories set in a post-apocalyptic fantasy version of Earth. It's...

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The Last Watchman Sample Chapter

See it on Amazon Prologue He was the best man I ever knew, and he was the worst. He was capable of great compassion, and great cruelty; moments of genius and others of utter stupidity. I would not be the man I am today were it not for him. Indeed, I doubt that there...

Sweet Fanny Adams

Sweet Fanny Adams

You may imagine that "Sweet FA" stands for "Sweet F All", but, in fact, it's derived from a notorious murder that took place in 1867 - and it happened in the little market town I call home. Fanny Adams was an 8 year old who lived in Alton, Hampshire, with her parents...

Makepeace and Grimes

Makepeace and Grimes

A new direction You know, every now and again, an idea occurs that is too good to be left until later. I’d just finished the fourth book in the Robot Empire series (Sledgehammer) and was organising a group promotion for some author friends who write historical...

Sorcery, Discworld Book 5 Review

Sorcery, Discworld Book 5 Review

This is the story of Coin, the eighth son of an eighth son of an eighth son - and it's therefore superficially similar to Equal Rites. One problem with the story is that the main character is pretty unlikeable, but the other main problem is Rincewind, who has, by this...

Mort by Terry Pratchett – Review

Mort by Terry Pratchett – Review

Mort is the fourth book in the Discworld series, and the great man was really hitting his stride. Mort(imer) is a young, gangly, lad with few job prospects - so few that, at the apprentice's market, he ends up the only unhired job applicant. Fortunately (or not),...

Instafreebie Giveaway #1 – Analysis

I was introduced to Instafreebie as part of Mark Dawson's Self Publishing 101 course which included mention of it and a voucher for an extra month's premium subscription. Instafreebie is a site to which authors upload .mobi, .epub and (optionally) .pdf versions of...

Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett – Review

Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett – Review

Equal Rites is the third book set on the Discworld and the first not to focus on Rincewind - although it does feature wizards. As the eighth son of an eighth son, Eskarina Smith was destined to be a powerful wizard. The only problem is, she's a girl - a fact that...

The Light Fantastic Review

The Light Fantastic Review

It's astonishing to think that The Light Fantastic is, to a large degree, simply the second half of the story started in The Colour of Magic. Astonishing because the leap in quality is palpable - this feels like a true Discworld novel in a way that The Colour of Magic...

The Colour of Magic Review

The Colour of Magic Review

I've resolved to read all of the Discworld books, one a month, from the beginning, and I started with The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett's first foray into the magical world borne on the shoulders of four elephants that ride around the universe on the back of...

Mr Blue Sky

Mr Blue Sky

What a gorgeous July morning in the south of the UK. Looking up, I'm struck by both the wonder of the universe and man's impact on our corner of it. The blue colour is caused by the fact that blue light (which has a shorter wavelength than red) is scattered...

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