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The Pursuit of William Abbey – available now!

Whooooo! New book! New book published new book! It’s in the UK, US and I think internationally available in English, with other languages coming. It’s also available in audio, read by the very excellent Peter Kenny. The official blurb is below… and it’s now available in all good and hopefully even a few perfectly average […]

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William Abbey – publishes soon!

‘Tis nearly November 2019, which means…. The Pursuit of William Abbey will be out in all good bookshops – and ebook retailers – and as an audiobook – soon! November 14th, whooooo!   It’s the story of a doctor who, in 1884, is cursed for standing idly by while a barbaric injustice is committed. From that […]

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September 13th Birmingham!

Birmingham! I’m coming to say hello on September 13th courtesy of the lovely Birmingham Science Fiction Group! It’d be lovely if you’re around; come knatter about geekery and books. For more information visit: http://www.birminghamsfgroup.org.uk/ Hope to see you there!

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Middling 30s

This year I turned 33, which is a pleasing number and a good age to be. It marks nearly 19 years since I started writing books for a living, and 9 years since I left RADA. I’m settled with a partner and a flat, learning at long last how to be comfortable with my body, […]

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Adventures in… Madeira

One of my favourite magazines, Delayed Gratification, has a section called Butterfly Effect. In it, the implausible series of events leading from, say, a man tripping over a rabbit in 1779, is unfolded to its logical conclusion of man landing on the moon. (And hello Apollo 11 60th anniversary!) A similar cascade of events might […]

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The Pursuit of William Abbey – Cover

New book! Whooooooo! I’m not very good at saying stuff about why my own books are cool and you should read ’em (I’ve spent a lot of the last year apologising for 84K being flippin’ bleak – sorry – but an on-it bleak) but Orbit has way nicer things to say about it. This one […]

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Adventures in… Bucharest

“Do you fancy a trip to….” began the representative of the British Council. “Ohohohohoh yes pick me!” “… now, hear me out, because it’s important you understand….” “PICK ME PICK ME PICK ME!” Maybe nuanced negotiation isn’t my top thing. But hell, if anyone wants to send me on adventures then I’m totally in, ‘cos […]

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European Elections 2019 – Go Vote!!

First: a shout-out to Full Fact, the fact-checking charity which carries a huge amount of information on basically every issue under the sun in British politics, and has succeeded in unsettling both the left and right of the political divide with its pesky ‘reality’. For sheer, clear being informed, I have yet to find anything […]

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Adventures in Cornwall

Day 0 I hate leaving the house after, say, 8 p.m.. It feels too much like going to a night shift. Things should be winding down, not winding up. But there’s a sleeper train from Paddington to Penzance bording from 22.30, and it’s way cheaper and kinda cooler to start this trip with the overnight […]

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Upcoming Events 2019

Hello! A couple of quick upcoming events in case you’re around – come say hi! On Saturday May 25th I’m at London MCMComicon with a whole bundle of excellent scribblers. Not yet sure of the precise shape of the day, but if you’ve not been it’s well worth it, and the writer’s part of the […]

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Thank you PKD!

I’m honoured and excited to say that 84K was awarded the Special Citation by the Philip K. Dick Award 2019, with the overall prize going to Audrey Schulman for Theory of Bastards. Anyone who follows this blog knows how much this means to me and how grateful I am; thank you again to the the […]

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In Astonished Praise of… Queer Eye

I hate reality TV shows. Their contrived drama, their oh-so-spontaneous-not-scripted-scripting. Most of the time they thrive on conflict, aggression and dehumanisation, turning people into objects to be mocked, scorned, sexualised or ridiculed. They hypnotise with suffering, or promise a lifestyle that is utterly unrealistic, promoting a consumerist obsession that devaules what people already have or… […]

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