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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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My latest Times Thunderer: Universities should teach, not lecture on 'white privilege'

Posted on September 30, 2021 at 8:00 PM


My latest Times Thunderer: Universities should teach, not lecture on ‘white privilege’

“Next time you&#...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 11: He's like the ghost who forgot his own death

Posted on September 30, 2021 at 1:50 AM


#MilitantFactionsQuotes 11:

As he approaches the automatic door, each step provoking his groin to send cheery messages - nothing happens. Nothing...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 10: "Oi love, show us your eyes!"

Posted on September 29, 2021 at 2:00 AM


#MilitantFactionsQuotes 10:

"Oi love, show us your eyes!"

Sat by the window Fazia's exposed eyes never lef...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 09: Dorothy wants to slow down time: wants to have time to reach out and touch the sky...

Posted on September 28, 2021 at 2:05 AM


#MilitantFactionsQuotes 09:

FAT LADY SING

Mosquitoes live on another time plane: their rain drops ...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 08: The trailer had been left a few hundred metres off the highway close to the Russian border

Posted on September 27, 2021 at 1:50 AM


#MilitantFactionsQuotes 08:

The trailer had been left a few hundred metres off the highway close to the Russian border. Why the huge metal box was...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 07: At beautiful fairytale city of Stalingrad 16 December 1942 I lose small left toe to frostbite

Posted on September 26, 2021 at 3:50 AM


#MilitantFactionsQuotes 07:

At beautiful fairytale city of Stalingrad 16 December 1942 1 lose small left toe to frostbite. Next evening as planes ...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 06: Closed. The first syllable of a sonnet

Posted on September 25, 2021 at 4:15 AM


#MilitantFactionsQuotes 06:

Bursting into tears Murf confesses that yes, he is a coprophile, which leaves a nasty taste in my mouth. I go to the t...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 05: "England's the hardest country right?"

Posted on September 24, 2021 at 2:00 AM


#MilitantFactionsQuotes 05:

“England’s the hardest country right? Empires and stuff, SAS. My town was dubbed the hardest in Britain. I...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 04: Clutching the ball of keys firmly in his hand Edward limped up the dimming high street to the town hall

Posted on September 23, 2021 at 4:30 AM


#MilitantFactionsQuotes 04:

"Clutching the ball of keys firmly in his hand Edward limped up the dimming high street to the town hall, gasping with...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 03: This city was foreign to him, and for the first few weeks he wandered as if lost in the dusty old streets...

Posted on September 22, 2021 at 2:10 AM


#MilitantFactionsQuotes 03:

"This city was foreign to him, and for the first few weeks he wandered as if lost in the dusty old streets near the ap...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 02: "We met in Reykjavik. This is not a love song."

Posted on September 21, 2021 at 2:10 AM


#MilitantFactionsQuotes 02:

"We met in Reykjavik. This is not a love song. Maria was 45, Italian, Padua or thereabouts, with long, toothy cheekbon...

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#MilitantFactionsQuotes 01: Women always asked for men who were "aware" - but aware of what?

Posted on September 20, 2021 at 3:20 AM


#MilitantFactionsQuotes 01:

His cursory attempts at “dating” had been disappointing; even the contact ads in the local paper appeared ...

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My Times Thunderer: "Baby boomers had it so easy? My mum might beg to differ"

Posted on September 19, 2021 at 4:10 PM


“I wish I could get Mum to understand how lucky she is to be part of that gilded generation of baby boomers who had a “free” education, a perfect ...

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Special offer: get my comedy novel "Kidology: The Precretinous Era" absolutely free

Posted on September 19, 2021 at 6:45 AM


Special offer: get my comedy novel “Kidology: The Precretinous Era” absolutely free

Lecturer Jim Cockburn (pronounced: Coburn) has a problem: unless he can scrape together...

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#KidologyQuotes 100: "Jim - you are SO naive. Don't you know publishing's fucked?"

Posted on September 19, 2021 at 6:20 AM


#KidologyQuotes 100:

“Jim – you are SO naive. Don’t you know publishing’s fucked?”

“Of course I do!”...

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#KidologyQuotes 99: Once Charlie had gone to stay with his boyfriend Doctor L returned with his colleague...

Posted on September 19, 2021 at 6:15 AM


#KidologyQuotes 99:

Once Charlie had gone to stay with his boyfriend - who Jim vaguely recalled mugging for his iPhone - Doctor L returned with his colleague, Doctor Derinyanagala Obe...

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#KidologyQuotes 98: The charnel-house of his bottom had become so all-encompassing it had taken up his entire event-horizon, a black hole of infinite despair

Posted on September 19, 2021 at 6:05 AM


#KidologyQuotes 98:

Although no-one was watching, Jim frowned. Was this it then? His brain deteriorating to the extent he could no longer process simple grammar? What sort of impact d...

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#KidologyQuotes 97: Being on holiday with kids was a lot like being on holiday without kids, except without sleep, sex, culture, adventure or sleep, again

Posted on September 18, 2021 at 5:20 AM


#KidologyQuotes 97:

Being on holiday with kids, Jim had discovered in France - as he discovered every year then forgot - was a lot like being on holiday without kids, except without s...

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#KidologyQuotes 96: When he'd reached the last page of the handbook Jim looked at his watch: seventy-five minutes left

Posted on September 17, 2021 at 3:55 AM


#KidologyQuotes 96:

When he’d reached the last page of the handbook Jim looked at his watch: seventy-five minutes left. He decided to put on his emergency back-up film, “S...

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#KidologyQuotes 95: Jim was more and more uncertain what to do on the five hundred daily occasions they passed one another in the house

Posted on September 16, 2021 at 4:00 AM


#KidologyQuotes 95:

On his way back to his hole he passed Ingrid in the hall. Jim was more and more uncertain what to do on the five hundred daily occasions they passed one another in...

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