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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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