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State of Play

As you may have seen, I've updated the website. I've added an extended extract from The Maze Garden, and also an extract from my current...

Novel Update

So An Angel of Glass is complete. Sort of. It still requires a little polishing here and there, but I feel that it can be left on the...

Review: Polish Romantic Composers

Quick, quick – name a Polish composer. Now name a Polish composer who isn’t Chopin. If you remembered Szymanowski, well done – have a...

Review: Three Films

One of the joys of being a student again is that I get six months of Amazon Prime for free – and it’s a privilege that I’ve been...

Review: Gone with the Wind and Continuum

Just a quick update on a couple of things I’ve loved recently. GONE WITH THE WIND: I finally finished reading Margaret Mitchell’s epic. I...

Inspirations: 'Map and Maze Puzzles'

I used to love the Usborne Puzzle Adventure as a kid. But one volume in particular has had a lasting influence on me. That is (the...

On Fantasy

So, I've written a fantasy novel. It wasn't a direction I anticipated on going in, but I'm pretty pleased with the results. I read quite...

Review: Tchaikovsky from MusicAeterna

Something interesting has been happening in the period instrument movement recently. For many decades 'authenticity' was the watchword....

Review: The Other Works by Max Bruch

Max Bruch is one of those composers who, like Pachelbel, often gets dismissed as a one-trick pony. His First Violin Concerto is one of...

Review: Parade's End

I've just finished watching the BBC production of 'Parade's End', starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall - and I'm completely in...

Back to Front Research

I always fall into this trap. Really, if you want to make your novel convincing, you should go where your research takes you. But...

The Malignant Ending

I love writing beginnings. Whether it's the start of a whole novel or just the start of a chapter, there's a sense of infinite...