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For years and years I have been blogging away, before I constructed this site. Please feel free to check out the archive by clicking here


  • UnknownWin a first edition ‘Mockingbird Songs’…

    Follow the link in this post to win not only a first edition of ‘Mockingbird Songs’, but also a copy of the new Whiskey Poets’ album, Low Country’ …

  • 2013-10-23-signheavenhellThe Suburbs of Hell…

    The prompt for this particular article was conversation with a colleague in a restaurant in Lyon. She asked about my son, now eighteen years of age, who is in the process of interviews and selections for university. He has been accepted by four universities thus far, three of them for computer-related studies, one of them […]

  • aReflections on a certain crime…

    Some while ago I was asked by the Wall Street Journal to write a piece concerning ‘unknown’ or forgotten literary classics.  Having recently spent a considerable amount of time in France, I decided to share my thoughts about several French writers, now widely available in English, who seemed yet to be unheard of by my […]

  • christmas_magic-wideA CHRISTMAS POEM…

    I simply am a simple man,
    I have no faith, no master plan,
    I take offence at none at all
    save those who try to say we’ll fall,
    if we believe in other stuff,
    the stuff they think is just enough,
    to keep them straight and right and true,
    like God and Christ and Allah […]

  • imagesAn Eye for an Eye…

    In recognition of the twenty-one innocent victims of the November 1974 Birmingham pub bombings, I was asked by the Mail to pen a few words.  Instead of writing a journalistic piece, I decided to express my thoughts on the subject in a more personalised way.  Here is a fictionalised account from a survivor of the […]

  • book-sculpture-02THE DEMISE AND FALL OF THE BOOK…

    A recent conversation with some very good friends of mine has confirmed something that I – and many others – have been aware of for a very considerable time. The UK, along with many other countries, is no longer reading. Of course there are those who read. I am not saying that no-one is reading, […]

  • 21051813CARNIVAL OF SHADOWS – Crimeview

    Carnival of Shadows
    by R. J. Ellory
    A travelling carnival with acts of inexplicable paranormal magic and illusion appears in a small town. But when an unidentified man’s body is discovered beneath the carousel FBI agent Michal Travis is sent to investigate.

    In America the 1950s was a time most would want to forget. […]

  • 10440880_716468141775391_1759017329022242042_nSometimes A Thought Is Enough…

    Going through old files and different manuscripts, I found these few paragraphs that were edited out of ‘A Simple Act of Violence’.  Kind of dark, but kind of interesting…

    What do I mean?
    I’ll tell you what I mean.
    A man works in an office. There is a girl he sees. She works on a […]

  • 21051813Carnival of Shadows ( review)

    R.J. Ellory – Carnival of Shadows
    “I do love a book that engages my brain as well as my emotions and that is certainly what R.J. Ellory delivers…”

    It’s Kansas, 1959. A travelling carnival appears overnight in the small town of Seneca Falls, intriguing the townsfolk with acts of inexplicable magic and illusion. But […]

  • WP_20131013_013Back in France…

    Having just arrived at Bordeaux airport with my wife for a long weekend at the Gradignan Lire en Poche Festival, I am reminded why I love France so very much.  In fact, why we both love it.  Met by our driver, Surya (originally from Glasgow, by way of Canterbury then Paris and Talence), the discussion […]

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