Death and Justice

A past example of Victim Law. He was hanged, and while alive had his penis cut off and burned, then was disembowelled, before being cut down and cut into quarters. The victim there had a say in the punishment. Not a good example to set.

There is a blogger, Paul Staines, who writes under the pseudonym of Guido Fawkes on the basis that poor old Guy, who tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament along with all the MPs and lords inside it, was the last fellow to enter the palace of Westminster with honourable or honest intentions. It’s … Continue reading

Ideas, Ideas, Ideas

Where do the ideas come from? I was once sitting in Crediton Church (which I can heartily recommend) and listening to Exeter Chamber Choir giving a redition of Faure’s Requiem, when I suddenly had a flash of inspiration: a scene sprang into my mind of a number of scruffy, ill-armed, but violent ruffians swooping down … Continue reading

More Money Musings – and Publishing

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A little more about money, since apparently everyone is interested in authors and their incomes. First, although people seem to understand the simple principle that “advances” are only interest free loans against future income, there is still confusion about how much authors get paid. I think it’s fair to say that the vast majority of … Continue reading

A little more about money, since apparently everyone is interested in authors and their incomes.   First, although people seem to understand the simple principle that “advances” are only interest free loans against future income, there is still confusion about how much authors get paid.   I think it’s fair to say that the vast … Continue reading

Musings on Writing – and Money

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It is so tempting, having heard that a second very senior policeman from the Met has decided that his career is better off curtailed, even though he doesn’t see that he did anything wrong, to launch into a long spiel about the newspapers. But I won’t. I have interests in the story, which I’ll explain … Continue reading

A Moderate Moorland March

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There are few things better than getting away from the desk and enjoying a ramble over the moors. That’s what I’ve been doing this weekend. My brother Keith and I left on Friday to go for a little wander over Dartmoor, hoping that the weather would be kind to us. It certainly wasn’t last time. … Continue reading

I Hate Losing Friends …

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I am a pleasant guy. Honest. Look at me. Not terribly shifty, am I? And all I do is write books, after all. I am a very nice fellow. So why have I just ditched several hundred friends and friend requests from Facebook? It is a weird thing, that whereas in the past, authors were … Continue reading

Hacks and Hacking

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Down here in Dartmoor, Hacking means taking the horse out. Not in London. There are all too few journalists who are trusted. I wonder why? They always show up as being less wholesome than estate agents – or even, God help us – ruddy politicians. I know a few journalists. Generally my own opinion is … Continue reading

Amazing reviews

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The thing is, you see, I never trust reviews. Why would anyone trust them? I have reviewed a lot of books in my time. With some, such as the absolutely superb Lincoln Lawyer, or Angel’s Flight, both by Michael Connelly, I was rigorously honest and said I loved them. Good. But there were plenty which … Continue reading