Aircraft Controls

The C Word for Writers

When you board a plane, you place yourself in the hands of the pilot. For the duration of the flight, you place your absolute trust in the pilot, handing over control. It’s the same with books. You are the pilot of your book, and it’s essential that the reader feels she is in safe hands […]

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OED

Words 101 : Ago

Grammar 101. AGO Reading and editing other people’s work, there are some issues that crop up over and over. Here’s one of my favourites: The word AGO means before now. It shouldn’t be used in the past tense. When King Charles I lost his head he had been crowned only 24 years ago. This is […]

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H Beck's map

Research sources for 1940s London

My latest WW2 thriller is now on pre-order at Amazon. It will launch on April 14. Researching for this book took me on a field trip to Lisbon, Portugal, a beautiful, historic city of hills and valleys, broad piazzas, ancient trams. Researching 1940s London, I discovered the first topological map of the London Underground, devised […]

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Ghostly feet

Things That Go Bump

Sometimes I think this house might be haunted. I hear noises that make no sense, like the creak of floorboards that sound just like someone is walking about in empty rooms, or the sound of doors opening and closing. And sometimes, when I hear the footsteps, I open the living room door to see who’s […]

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Book cover - Liberty Boy

Liberty Boy – a wonderful book

I have found a wonderful book – probably the best I’ve read in the past three years.  Liberty Boy by David Gaughran is a really well researched work of historical fiction, set in Dublin in 1803. The book reflects the brutal and unjust methods used at that time by the British to keep the rebellious Irish […]

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