My rating: 5 of 5 stars From time to time, I ask friends on social media for book reading recommendations. It’s occasional because my ‘To Read’ list is ridiculous and never seems to get any smaller. As a result, I always have plenty of traditionally published books to read. While someone is always telling me… Read More Book Review: Thirteen Ghost Stories by Nicholas Foster
My third book, ‘Try Not To Laugh’ is now out both as paperback and in kindle version. Eight years in the making, the method(s) I detail within are the result of nearly 30 years of using in education (classroom and private) with a long and proven track record of significantly improving grades for students of… Read More Book Announcement: Try Not To Laugh (How to Revise, Memorise and Survive Exams)
It has been a while since I last posted personal news and I thought I ought to as I have quite a lot now. First BIG news is that my third book – and first novel – The Pukur, has just been accepted for publication by Histria Books and will, hopefully, be released in Spring… Read More News
I am delighted to announce my first formal course for writers – one based on twenty years of teaching and ten years as working freelance writer and editor. I am taking bookings to begin from July (you can join at any time) – but places are limited and many have filled already just through word-of-mouth!… Read More NEW! Psychology for Writers course
Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier My rating: 3 of 5 stars I know the opening pages of Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel extremely well having used the opening for several years with my GCSE English students. It was an extract given in a past paper and I found it served wonderfully well as a… Read More Book Review: Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier
Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book was recommended to me by a good friend. I had a fairly good idea what was coming, and that it wouldn’t be much, but I didn’t mind. As a… Read More Book Review: Atomic Habits by James Clear
I’ve been writing professionally now for the best part of ten years. I love the diversity of my work – every day is a little different, every client or editor has different needs and every project is unique. I love the fact that I get to write novels, stories, articles and chapters; and that I… Read More Pay Up or Shut Up
Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan Culler My rating: 3 of 5 stars Despite best intentions to take last year off exclusively for writing books, I found that the small amount of private tutoring work I took on to help ‘make ends meet’ while I wasn’t earning commercially blossomed considerably. I should have… Read More Book Review: Literary Theory – A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan Culler
I am very pleased to announce that my forthcoming new book ‘Mad Dogs & Englishmen…’ is coming very forth indeed! Part travelogue, part guide to the newbie visitor to Bangladesh, ‘Mad Dogs’ will educate and amuse readers who want to know just what it feels like to be a foreigner in a very strange land. I will give… Read More Announcement: My next book is coming!
“This collection of stories made me laugh, made me cry and made me think about aspects of my own past in different ways.” Yesterday ‘Old Man on the Beach and other stories’ went live on Amazon Kindle and, in the UK rankings at least, immediately shot into the Top 100 for its three categories thanks to… Read More ‘Old Man’ goes ‘Bestseller’!