Begin at the end and end at the beginning (or how to fail exams and confuse your friends)

Excuse me if these words look wobbly. I am taking a short break from NaNoWriMo 2015. National Novel Writing Month means just that - writing a novel in a month. 50,000 words minimum, 70,000+ if you want to hit a more mainstream word count. That’s a lot of words passing through your mind day and … Continue reading Begin at the end and end at the beginning (or how to fail exams and confuse your friends)

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A Sublime Sleight of Hand (or Why I Love The Comforters)

UNKNOWN WRITER: It is almost sixty years since the publication of Muriel Spark’s debut novel The Comforters (1957) and for me, it remains one of the finest metafictional novels of all time - all because of one simple, almost casual, feat of literary genius. SCEPTICAL READER (yawning): Not the G-word again. UW: Yes, the G-word again. Have … Continue reading A Sublime Sleight of Hand (or Why I Love The Comforters)