… 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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For those of you who haven’t given it a stab, the process of writing a novel is, for me anyway, like having a tip truck dump a pile of LEGO blocks in your driveway, your mission being to construct the opening credits of Game of Thrones (look it up) without any instructions. Translation: a hella …

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As I tackle my review of the ‘pages’*, as they’re called in the publishing biz, for my next novel, ‘The Emerald Tablet’ (unapologetic plug – to be released by Pan Macmillan at the end of June), my mind turns to what I’m going to embark upon next. Yes, it’s unbelievably exciting to see my words …

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