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LOSING THE PLOT

I know some authors don’t read their reviews but I do. I really don’t see how any writer can fail to be interested in responses to his or her work. Constable & Toop recently came out in North America and so is getting a fair few online reviews at the moment. Most have been positive […]

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The Reason I don’t write Poems

To celebrate National Poetry Day I am coming out as a poet. I don’t normally mention my poetry because, well, to be honest, it’s just so good that I fear all other poets would throw away their pens just as many trumpeters discarded their trumpets when they first heard Louis Armstrong play. I don’t want […]

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FREE SHORT STORY

Whenever a new book comes out, as well as composing an accompanying song, I often write short stories to use in performances. There are two Dragon Detective Agency shorts, two Thornthwaite shorts and an interactive ghost story for Constable & Toop. My new book, The Society of Thirteen comes out October 2013 and again I […]

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TWITTER CAN SERIOUSLY DAMAGE YOUR HEALTH

The following short conversation happened at the weekend. “Are you still addicted to twitter?” asked my friend, chuckling. “No,” I replied, lying. Which leads us to…. 10 Reasons why twitter is like smoking 1. The more you smoke, the more you want to smoke. It’s an addiction that only feeds itself. 2. Smoking doesn’t actually […]

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Summer of Fun

So it’s September and it’s been a while since I posted anything blog-wise so I’m writing this. August was fun. We went on holiday to New Quay, Wales where I’ve been going since I was born. After a week or so there, Lisa & I abandoned Herbie, leaving him with his grandparents and drove to […]

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Chicago ALA 2013

I’ve just returned from Chicago. I was flown out to visit the ALA, which is an annual convention of American librarians. My book, Constable & Toop comes out in October (just in time for Halloween) and I was there to meet my publishers, Abrams and to do my best to whip up some interest in […]

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The Ninth Ninja

July 1st sees the publication of the 9th Ninja Meerkat book, The Forbidden Palace. The action in this one takes place in Peru and involves a sinister baddie by the name of The Birdman of Cusco. As tradition dictates this, penultimate Ninja Meerkat adventure is modeled here by my son, Herbie – who will be […]

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