A Review: He Wants, Alison Moore

  Retired teacher Lewis Sullivan always imagined living by the sea. He lives instead in the Midlands village in which he was born. His grown-up daughter visits every day, bringing soup. He does not want soup. He frequents his second-favourite pub, where he can get half a shandy, a speciality sausage and a bit of … Continue reading A Review: He Wants, Alison Moore

#bookaday Have more than one copy: The Lighthouse

  I have two paperback copies and a kindle download. This gives you an idea of how much I enjoyed it. The doubling up of the paperbacks is down to a joyful discounted purchase of the Booker shortlisted books  in 2012. I have yet to read Wolf Hall. The lighthouse caught, and held, my attention … Continue reading #bookaday Have more than one copy: The Lighthouse

Book Review: The Pre-War House and Other Stories

I have eagerly awaited the publication of Alison Moore's debut collection, The Pre-War House and Other Stories. As regular blog readers know, I am an advocate for short fiction and I read and write as much of it as time allows. It's a real joy to be able to review this collection of short stories. … Continue reading Book Review: The Pre-War House and Other Stories

Hemmingway’s Tip Of The Iceberg: Omit What the Reader Knows

If a writer of prose knows enough of what he is writing about he may omit things that he knows and the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them. The dignity of movement of an ice-berg is due … Continue reading Hemmingway’s Tip Of The Iceberg: Omit What the Reader Knows

Short Story Writing

I am in the thick of writing short stories and I really enjoy the punch that you can use to mould a high-impact piece of writing. Last night I read the new issue of Paraxis, a wonderful online publisher of short stories, and I was impressed by the range of prose delivered and the tension … Continue reading Short Story Writing