The Canal at Night

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So a few days ago, I walked back from my escrima class along Regents Canal after the sun had set.  I always walk along the canal to the class, when the sun’s up, but very rarely after dark.  It wasn’t much past 8.30 p.m., so hardly the deepest hour of …

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Joyous London Maps

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These…. http://literarylondonartprints.co.uk/Literary-London-Map http://www.buzzfeed.com/tomphillips/the-definitive-stereotype-map-of-central-london?utm_term=3l6eqo2#23oq5jk … make me happy!

Bookseller Crow

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Dear World, On October 6th I will be knattering with the awesome Sarah Pinborough and Emily St John Mandel about books and stuff in the most excellent Bookseller Crow on the hill in South East London.  ‘Cos books are awesome, and they’re amazing, and it’s gonna be fun. That is …

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Trust Da Man

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For a month last year, my Medic Mate lived in my flat, and it was lovely.  We had paella; we went on adventures on her one-day-off-every-two-weeks, we consumed obscene quantities of peas; and in the evening, she’d tell me about work. “The nurses!” she exclaimed.  “Oh but, you know what, …

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Authory Bits

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There are two parts to the scribbling job.  Firstly, there’s the writing the book.  This is the Awesome Fun part.  Then, there’s being a Professional Author.  Which is a completely different cuppa tea. The best author bit: lunch. Sometimes, as an author, people have lunch with me.  Sometimes it’s my …

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In Praise of…. Spirited Away

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I cry.  Every time.  I just do.  Sorry.  It takes a lot to make me cry; traditionally my only three triggers are the lunar landings (because: man on the moon!), the fall of the Berlin Wall (seriously!!) and, yes, the Lion King. But Spirited Away makes me cry too.  In …

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