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Note to Boy an award winner!

Note to Boy an award winner!

Not quite the Oscars but Note to Boy has won an award! My comic novel has been named a Runner-Up in the prestigious 2021 PenCraft Book Awards, in the Fiction – Humo(u)r category. The PenCraft Book Awards’ Competition is an annual event which aims to foster…
Oxford Indie Book Fair - save the date!

Oxford Indie Book Fair - save the date!

The first ever Oxford Independent Book Fair will take place on Saturday 6th November. I’ll be there, along with my book and 50 other authors, artists and publishers. Entrance is free, so please do come along, meet some writers, enjoy the day-long programme of talks…
Even toothache couldn't keep me away!

Even toothache couldn't keep me away!

The weather people were forecasting a thunderstorm; the card reader was refusing to co-operate; and a dental appointment had left me on painkillers, with one hamster cheek and a rapidly blooming bruise. What else could go wrong with my talk at Abingdon Library, the library’s…
Author event at Abingdon library

Author event at Abingdon library

At last library events are happening again! I’m delighted to say I will be at Abingdon Library on Thursday 9th September at 6pm, talking about Note to Boy, reading an extract from it, and revealing something of my shady past as a BBC TV and…
Celebrate Note to Boy's first birthday with 99p offer!

Celebrate Note to Boy's first birthday with 99p offer!

Note to Boy is one year old this week. Yes, really! In celebration of the comic novel’s first tottering steps, you can download the book for just 99p/$99 from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, an opportunity for laughs not to be missed! So, happy birthday, Note to…
Father's Day and other 'special' days

Father's Day and other 'special' days

Got the single malt, the Robert Harris novel and the card? I hope so, because tomorrow (Sunday 20th June) is Father’s Day. This is the day when dads are compelled to have a lie-in while the kids bang about in the kitchen downstairs cremating toast,…
'Clark is a remarkable ventriloquist' says Kirkus Reviews

'Clark is a remarkable ventriloquist' says Kirkus Reviews

Wonderful news! Kirkus Reviews, the prestigious American book review magazine, having taken a gander at Note to Boy, liked what it found. Putting authorly modesty aside for a moment, here are a few extracts. Or you can read the full review here. “A funny, immersive…
Birthmark Awareness Day

Birthmark Awareness Day

***BEWARE HERE BE SPOILERS!*** Saturday May 15 2021 is Vascular Birthmark Awareness Day. Did you know that? Because I didn’t. No wonder. Birthmarks are not something people talk about. More particularly, they’re not often depicted in films, TV shows and novels. Why then, did I…
Don't look at me! I know nothing!

Don't look at me! I know nothing!

Every writer from Elmore Leonard (“Never use a verb other than ‘said’ for dialogue”) to Will Self (“that sickening feeling of inadequacy and over-exposure … will never, ever leave you”) and Margaret Attwood (“Do back exercises. Pain is distracting”) has come up with a list…
Reviews of Note to Boy

Reviews of Note to Boy

Here’s a selection of reviews of Note to Boy. It’s great to see what readers, writers and bookbloggers make of Eloise and Bradley, and wonderful to know they’ve brought some laughter into people’s lives – as well as a few tears and the odd cringe!…