Category Archives: Writing & Reading

Therianthropic

Set somewhere in the north of England where ancient shadows hover just beyond glimpsing, teen novel Bone Jack by Sara Crowe shows that fiction for young readers needn’t stint on horror and darkness – and can cleave to much more … Continue reading

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Anatamogenic

When Crox Minor and I visited the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons recently, I bought a copy of The Knife Man, by Wendy Moore, a biography of John Hunter, whose collection forms the nucleus of this remarkable … Continue reading

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Autobuccinery

On my thirtieth birthday I remember feeling that whatever else I might have achieved, I’d at least published my first book. More than twenty years later, it seems I might have produced something that people actually want to read. The Shameless Plug has made … Continue reading

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Medicine and Maths

As you both know, Crox Minor wants to become a surgeon, and some time ago she announced that what she most wanted to do to celebrate her 16th birthday was to go to London and visit the Hunterian Museum at … Continue reading

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The Anonymity of Warfare

My colleague Professor S. C. of London has just alerted us to a short film clip showing how airmen prepared an atomic bomb for use on Nagasaki in 1945, commenting that the full horror of the piece lies in its … Continue reading

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Tsundoku III

As it’s National Book week all this week, and yesterday was World Book Day, this lunchtime saw me indulging my tsundoku habit at the Break charity shop in Cromer (well, that’s my excuse.) This is what I bought: Peoples and … Continue reading

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Authoration

Not having written any books lately about teenage vampires, schoolboy wizards, sadomasochism, cookery or gardening, the times I’ve been asked for advice about how to get a book published can be numbered on the fingers of one hand. (The times … Continue reading

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The Accidental Audiobook

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Hear Ye! I knew that the Shameless Plug was soon to come out as an audiobook. Well, it’s here, and, notwithstanding inasmuch as which, here. Narrated by the very splendid Martin Dew, it’s completely unabridged, and, … Continue reading

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Squishy

When a colleague of Mrs Crox learned that Crox Minor (15) wanted to go to medical school and study to be a surgeon, the colleague recommended that Crox Minor read Brain Matters: Adventures of a Brain Surgeon. So she did, … Continue reading

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Writing Spaces

At the beginning of his memoir Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall, Spike Milligan wrote After Puckoon I swore I’d never write another book. This is it. I know, I know, I swore I wouldn’t, either. But the temptation … Continue reading

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