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Dick Francis

October 22, 2023 Longrider 2

I read my first Dick Francis novel when I was a teenager and I was hooked from the start. Francis stopped writing in 2000 and […]

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October 4, 2023 Longrider 0

It will take a while to form, but I have made a small start on my next novel (number 7). Number 6 – Resolution is […]

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Quite Right

October 3, 2023 Longrider 9

Fuck sensitivity readers. Ian McEwan has expressed his opposition to sensitivity readings, accusing young people of wanting “to bind their arms and legs in ways […]

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You Didn’t

September 13, 2023 Longrider 2

Write it. The ghostwriter who worked with Millie Bobbie Brown on her debut novel has revealed the writing process the pair followed, saying they used […]

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Another Outing

July 25, 2023 Longrider 2

I started my sixth novel at the turn of the year. This one is a sequel to Resolution, so a modern detective story with a […]

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May 28, 2023 Longrider 8

Can’t argue with this. The author of Babel and The Poppy War, Rebecca F Kuang, has said she finds the idea that authors should only […]

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Two Thoughts

May 13, 2023 Longrider 5

The Stephen Tomkinson verdict brings two thoughts to my mind. Firstly, it once again demonstrates why the jury system is a good one. The jury […]

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Not Roald Dahl

February 18, 2023 Longrider 14

Winston has been at work, it seems. Roald Dahl’s children’s books are being rewritten to remove language deemed offensive by the publisher Puffin. Puffin has […]

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Oh, Piss Off!

December 30, 2022 Longrider 12

I thought I’d switched this bullshit off. I am currently working on novel number six. It starts with a bank robbery thirty years ago. As […]

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A Brief Interlude

November 5, 2022 Longrider 1

It’s been quiet here for a few days. I’ve been busy in the real world. Also, having seen the Underdog Anthology 18 published for Halloween, […]