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The reason I knew there was a lounge bar round the side was that I’d met my parents there a few months earlier to celebrate my father’s sixtieth. I prevaricated over a scarf, but in the end I bought him … Continue reading

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Little moments to cherish

Or as TS Eliot had it: these fragments I will shore against my ruins. I was just thinking about this time a year or so back when I mentioned to these mates from Stoke about how I’d done this reading … Continue reading

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Work in progress

Normally I wouldn’t, but I want to hang this tiny bit up in the public domain just to see. I’m not exactly struggling with this new novel, but I am more hesitant than usual, for a few reasons. …I closed … Continue reading

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The Freewheelin’ Dylan

Out in the USA today. One of my favourite covers.

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The Lineman for the County

RLF work in the morning, then ‘being an author’ at a Careers Event at UEA. Takes place in the Lower Common Room (LCR), where they have gigs at night. Very gloomy, with a low ceiling, lots of temporary tables where … Continue reading

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The Lowestoft-Norwich Line

Have just come home late after talking to a book group in a restaurant in Lowestoft about ‘Are You With Me?’ Have lived here nearly twenty years without ever making that journey. It’s atmospheric in a Great Expectations way (it … Continue reading

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Are You With Me?

New paperback just out. The difficult second novel. I’m quite happy with it, but I don’t think it’s going to take off even though it’s on sale in four hundred branches of Tescos or something: it’s a weird combination, in … Continue reading

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Me and Martin Amis

I have just been told that Martin Amis has read my book on Stoke City, She Stood There Laughing. This information was passed on a football messageboard. I’d link the thread but it’s so full of internal ‘jokes’ and people … Continue reading

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Do eet for Tescos

they are my favourite store, having just stocked up on the paperback of my most recent novel, ‘Are You With Me?’ which is on sale in their supermarkets at 3 quid Special Offer. In my view, it’s my best work … Continue reading

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