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SUMMERTIME

Summertime…. And I’m helplessly drawn to crime. I’ve been re-visiting the Kinsey Milhone “Alphabet” mysteries as a homage to Sue Grafton after hearing of her death late last year. It’s been years since I’ve read them; they vary, of course, … Continue reading

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ONE AND A HALF BY TWO INCH MYSTERIES

I’m ‘resting’ at the moment, like an out-of-work actor. With a nagging chronic pain problem, plus the heat (ugh!), there’s not a lot of writing happening in my office. So I’ve been doing a little more sorting of my late … Continue reading

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THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT

My brother used to work in a record store. Sometimes people would come in asking for a record (yes, it was back in the days of vinyl), not knowing the artist or the name of the album. He’d ask if … Continue reading

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LOST CONNECTIONS

Reading on from H is for Hawk, but in some of the same territory… Though there’s an element of the personal in Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions, the book would fit more … Continue reading

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H IS FOR HUMBLY CHANGING MY MIND

Helen Macdonald’s memoir H Is For Hawk first came out in 2014; not only were the newspaper and online reviews uniformly positive, but copies were flying out of the door of the bookshop and customers reported back that it was … Continue reading

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NEW YEAR

Happy New Year! We’ve just been for a picnic in our beautiful Botanical Gardens; ducks, dogs, kids on their new Christmas bikes, blankets spread on the banks of the (very small) lake in the shade of willow trees under a … Continue reading

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THIS WRITING LIFE

I don’t usually go all confessional in this blog. I’m a pretty reserved person and while I hope my books are interesting to others, I’m not sure that my private life is. But. Here goes. To all you writers out … Continue reading

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COLD COMFORT

Current events¬† – our despicable government, the Trump circus, continuing attacks on renewable energy, our ongoing torture of refugees and the rest – have been so depressing, unsettling and generally vile that recently I decided on a short news moratorium. … Continue reading

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AT THE VILLA TARANTO

How about another voice? While I was incubating How Bright Are All Things Here, I re-read my mother’s travel diaries and memoirs, and used some of her descriptions as the basis for parts of the novel. She wrote this for … Continue reading

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STUDENT WORK

This is me in front of one of Douglas Green’s – my father’s –¬† student paintings. It’s a nude – the back of a naked woman – and I posed tactfully in front of her bottom. My son, when small, … Continue reading

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