A is for Al

That’s Al Stewart, by the way, who recorded The Year Of The Cat in the year of the cat, though it didn’t actually reach the shops until the year of the dragon. If… Continue reading

Good News

 No man is an island, entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less,… Continue reading

Meet the Winners

I just have time to slip in a post or two before Smith takes over the blog for a month of A to Z. So although he’ll be writing about the 2016 Book… Continue reading

A to Z challenge

I’m doing the A to Z blogging challenge. Or rather, I’m not because I haven’t got time, so I’ve asked Smith instead. You remember Smith, don’t you? The Taunton tabby who co-edited the Cat… Continue reading

The James Joyce camel

My daughter has a Picasso on the sitting room wall. You’re wondering if it’s original? Why, every bit as original as the Cézanne I have at home. But that’s beside the point. The… Continue reading

The Book a Break results

I’ve just received the text below from Ingrid Jendrzejewski, judge of this year’s Book a Break competition. My thanks go to her first of all for performing her task so conscientiously. It’s a… Continue reading

Mad cows and Vikings

It wasn’t planned, but we got to Cadiz just as the carnival was starting. As the Spanish skyscanner site quite rightly says, es un clásico entre los clásicos y entre los más famosos carnavales… Continue reading

Tic tacs and goblins

I’ve been travelling a lot recently. 122 journeys in the last ten days. And I don’t mean down to the local shops – I’ve been to Cyprus, Kenya, Poland, the USA, India, Greece…… Continue reading


Yes, that’s the number of entries to the 2017 Book a Break short story competition. That’s a 60% increase over last year. Phew! So this is just a quick post to thank all… Continue reading

Final Call

Book a Break Short Story competition: final call.

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