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I'm the author of three novels, “Out of Office” and “Fire Horses" (both published by Legend Press), my new comic novel "Kidology," and a collection of short stories and creative non-fiction, "Militant Factions." I've had hundreds of features and opinion pieces published in the Times, Sunday Times, Guardian, Independent, Mail, Express, Telegraph and many more.

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#OutofOfficeQuotes 3: "He imagines the planet's a gigantic bowling-ball..."

Posted on March 4, 2021 at 3:15 AM


#OutofOfficeQuotes 3:

Another side-effect of Hook’s coerced sobriety has been an insomnia that seems to get worse the longer the heatwave sucks all the moisture out of the city. As Hook lies on his back listening to the slumberin...

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#OutofOfficeQuotes 2: "The Trumps are holding a barbecue..."

Posted on March 3, 2021 at 3:15 AM


#OutofOfficeQuotes 2:

Down on the White House lawn he sees the Trumps are holding a barbecue, Tony Blair in tight Spandex shorts turning the sausages, Putin bronzing himself in a leopard-skin bikini, venerable guests including Jerry Fa...

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#OutofOfficeQuotes 1: "He's a stewardess on a 737 into JFK..."

Posted on March 2, 2021 at 3:15 AM


#OutofOfficeQuotes 1: “He’s a stewardess on a 737 into JFK, tottering along in way too high heels, uniform too short, balls swinging low…”

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"This is the Fierce Last Stand of all I Am": the story behind Fire Horses

Posted on February 28, 2021 at 8:25 AM


A few months after my debut novel, Fire Horses, was published, a small literary magazine called “The View From Here” asked me to write how the book came about. This unflinching, but hopefully inspiring, piece is the result.

(Oh, the title: from The Smiths...

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Praise for Fire Horses - free on Kindle until 1/3/21

Posted on February 28, 2021 at 6:20 AM


“Reading Fire Horses is like riding pillion on a motorbike driven by a poet”

– Jonathan Trigell, author, “Boy A”

“As a debut novel it shines, both in the quality of the writing and the insig...

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Special offer: obtain Fire Horses FREE until Monday 1 March

Posted on February 27, 2021 at 5:45 AM


I have been posting selected quotes from my first book, “Fire Horses” (first published by Legend Press in 2008, rewritten for Kindle 2017) here on my website, on Twitter, and on Facebook.

Read reviews of the book and a synopsis at:

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#FireHorsesQuotes 100: "You fire horses, all alike-"

Posted on February 26, 2021 at 3:20 AM


#FireHorsesQuotes 100:

“You fire horses, all alike –”

“Us what?”

“Fire horses. I’m into Chinky astrology at moment. You and T...

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#FireHorsesQuotes 99: "I wanted to do a Windows '95, to airbrush the sky blue"

Posted on February 25, 2021 at 3:15 AM


#FireHorsesQuotes 99: “Hearing Hermione’s delightful piggy snore, her soft breast on my arm, I looked out of the window. Hard-edged air. I wanted to do a Windows ’95, to airbrush the sky blue. All the leaves had fallen from the Rousseau-tree outside, twigs bisected the grey cloud so it seemed l...

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#FireHorsesQuotes 98: "...A rough-crafted heart, as in love..."

Posted on February 24, 2021 at 2:50 AM


#FireHorsesQuotes 98: “Becky had written a three-letter note on the back of the star-naming certificate I’d given her in Majorca and left it where she knew I’d find it: on my shelf in the fridge.

‘I [something] U.’

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#FireHorsesQuotes 97: "The fridge had been suffering a prolonged bout of severe depression..."

Posted on February 23, 2021 at 3:20 AM


#FireHorsesQuotes 97: “As I approached, conspicuously slow on the great machine, I peeked down the alley to see if Dad’s own old bike was resting against the shed. It wasn’t. Smiling, I felt for my key, hungry. Since moving out I’d been back quite a bit, to attend parties and to give Dad ...

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#FireHorsesQuotes 96: "Clogging the branches of the dismal trees like skewered crows..."

Posted on February 22, 2021 at 3:25 AM


#FireHorsesQuotes 96: “Peering through a lens from the bus’s top deck I recorded black bin liners clogging the branches of the dismal trees of Holloway Road like skewered crows. An old man I recognised as being Irish sat on a mangled bench with his can of Tennants, and I realised I was filming an end...

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#FireHorsesQuotes 95: "...A pixelated Picasso..."

Posted on February 21, 2021 at 6:15 AM


#FireHorsesQuotes 95: “A bike un-revved, a Yale scratched and the front door opened on my prodigious father, full of Landlords’ Bitter, a grit-toothed smile from within his vast beard – a NUPE pirate. From tatty leathers Dad pulled a hard parcel wrapped in The Sun. A page 3 girl wrapped around ...

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#FireHorsesQuotes 94: "In London they twat you for money..."

Posted on February 20, 2021 at 7:10 PM


#FireHorsesQuotes 94: "In London they twat you for money, in Yorkshire they twat you for a laugh; I’m not sure which is worse"

Special offer: from 27 Feb-1 Mar 2021 my debut novel, Fire Horses (first pub. by Legend Press in paperback), c...

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#FireHorsesQuotes 93: "Zebedee in an echo factory..."

Posted on February 19, 2021 at 3:40 AM


#FireHorsesQuotes 93: "From upstairs the squeaking springs got faster, like Zebedee in an echo factory"

Special offer: from 27 Feb-1 Mar 2021 my debut novel, Fire Horses (first pub. by Legend Press in paperback), can be obtained free on Kindle.

 

#FireHorsesQuotes 92: "A panel-beaten sky pressed down as I stomped..."

Posted on February 18, 2021 at 3:45 AM


#FireHorsesQuotes 92: “A panel-beaten sky pressed down as I stomped, swarms of doubt buzzing in my head, afraid and lonely like a cloud, but not pristine, white and fluffy – dense, electric, yet empty. Manchester’s Victorian grandeur and tattered facades meant nothing to me; relics of a bygone ...

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#FireHorsesQuotes 91: "The bed where we declared a ceasefire..."

Posted on February 17, 2021 at 2:55 AM


#FireHorsesQuotes 91: "The bed where we declared a ceasefire, a dirty great football pitch between the twin trenches of misunderstanding…"

Special offer: from 27 Feb-1 Mar 2021 my debut novel, Fire Horses (first pub. by Legend Press in paperback), can be ...

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#FireHorsesQuotes 90: "All those composers and presidents flushed away..."

Posted on February 16, 2021 at 3:45 AM


#FireHorsesQuotes 90: "All that potential, all those composers and presidents flushed away..."

My debut novel, Fire Horses (#火马, #火馬), first published by Legend Press in paperback, is now available on Kindle for just 99p.

 ...

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#FireHorsesQuotes 89: "Now I know how William Tell felt, or William Burroughs..."

Posted on February 15, 2021 at 3:55 AM


#FireHorsesQuotes 89: “Loading the second arrow I point carefully at the tree. Now I know how William Tell felt, or William Burroughs. I fire, knocking off Marx’s nose…”

My debut novel, Fire Horses (#火马, #火馬), first ...

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#FireHorsesQuotes 88: "I knew the non-feeling..."

Posted on February 14, 2021 at 5:55 AM


#FireHorsesQuotes 88: “I knew the non-feeling – relatively free of scars and scrapes, yet underneath a mess of short circuits and faulty wiring…”

My debut novel, Fire Horses (#火马, #火馬), first published by Legend Pres...

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#FireHorsesQuotes 87: "...The claustrophobia of the crowded town..."

Posted on February 13, 2021 at 7:15 PM


#FireHorsesQuotes 87: “For years all that I could recall of Millmoor was the night: the claustrophobia of the crowded town, the agoraphobia of the hilltop fields, the desolation of the browning moorland and the dereliction of the redundant factories where my sometimes father sometimes worked. The wind on m...

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