Category Archives: Sundry comment

November 10


The Soldier IF I should die, think only this of me; That there’s some corner of a foreign field That is for ever England. There shall be In that rich earth a richer dust concealed; A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware, Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam, A body […]

November 01

Deadlines, rewrites and getting it out there

Publishing my second novel, A Very Civil Wedding, has been a mad scramble to hit the, admittedly self-imposed, deadline of 1 November. I knew I was going to be cutting it fine back in August when I realised that my progress to publication was slower than in 2012. In addition, I have been seeking feedback […]

December 22

Why the carnage will keep happening

It was impossible to remain unmoved by the stories from Connecticut this week. In the space of eight minutes, Adam Lanza killed twenty six people. This has happened before (most recently in July in Colorado) and, unless the USA changes its attitude to gun ownership, it will happen again, and again. It is the right […]

June 04

The B.B.C.’s coverage of the Diamond Jubilee Pageant

It should have been very simple. Huw Edwards in the studio, a camera crew at Battersea Bridge, a camera crew on the Spirit of Chartwell, a camera crew at Tower Bridge, Clare Balding on the Gloriana, Chris Hollins on a roving craft, and that should have been it basically. But, no. The B.B.C. had to […]