… He was almost there. Everything was prepared. One final effort and the mountain would be conquered. He would retreat into the ancient sanctuary and heft shut the entrance behind him. Finding blessed peace at last, he would drop down into the dust, lay the stone in his lap, and await oblivion. As long as …

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Yes, that would be brand new copies of my last two novels, ‘The Honourable Thief’, and ‘The Water Diviner’, in the free little library I wrote about last week. So it’s now home to two of my books. Milton Street, Elwood. Too much? Too self-serving? So sue me if I want to share my work …

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As someone who’s attempting to make a living out of the pulling together of words to create something that the odd person may wish to spend some hard-earned cash on, I should probably be dead against free libraries. But how could I? They’re the most delicious affirmation of the universal appeal of stories and words …

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Only, then, there are members of my family who may never speak to me again! But, see – blurbs, dedications, acknowledgments pages – I just can’t. So my proof copies are missing various rather crucial bits 😬! Apologies to Pan Macmillan. But we all have those little things in what we do, don’t we? Those …

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There are few things better than to be browsing the headlines while you take a break from writing, only to see a photo of one of your favourite people on the planet being celebrated for doing what he loves, and for doing it so danged well. ‘The Montemurro effect.’ Word. You’re the greatest, Pepe… or …

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OK. Here it is…. The Suez Canal, 1956. The world teeters on the brink of nuclear war and the Middle East is a tinderbox. Conversely, redeemed archaeologist Benedict Hitchens is enjoying a peaceful existence after years in the professional and personal wilderness. His recent discoveries in western Turkey secured him a place in history and …

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