Monthly Archives: January 2013

Origins of Words & Phrases

This is one I’ve figured out for myself. It actually didn’t take much figuring out, but it was just a connection I’d never made before. Or I did make it ages ago and then forgot about it? Seems to happen … Continue reading

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Far From the Madding Sentence Chapter 2

Gabriel, lately, for the first time since his prostration by misfortune, had been independent in thought and vigorous in action to a marked extent – conditions which, powerless without an opportunity, as an opportunity without them is barren, would have … Continue reading

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Problematic Words

Two pairs of words that cause confusion: If you reproduce someone’s exact words, such as ‘Martyn Beardsley’s new book Murder in Montague Place is the best crime novel in years’… …then it’s a quotation not a quote. The words are … Continue reading

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Ups and Downs

I was dipping into my Bradshaw’s Guide to the Victorian railways, as featured in Michael Portillo’s excellent Great British Railway Journeys on BBC2, when I got to a section on the London, Brighton & South Coast line where it describes … Continue reading

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Far from the Madding Sentence

  I’m currently reading Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. I like his poetry a lot, but I have to say I struggle with his prose. I’m sure it must be me rather than him, him being the … Continue reading

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It’s Here!

  After years of writing children’s and adult non-fiction books, my first fiction novel for adults! It was quite a while in the planning and writing, and I discovered along the way that detective/whodunit stories have an extra layer of … Continue reading

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Political Correctness in Historical Writing

During my researches for historical writings, one thing I’ve become very aware of is the tendency of modern writers towards what I’d call a euphemistic and politically correct view of other cultures. When I was writing Deadly Winter, about the … Continue reading

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