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Joseph Delaney

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Joseph Delaney is a full time writer living in Lancashire, in the heart of Boggart territory. He first got the idea for the Wardstone Chronicles series when he moved to the village where he lives now and discovered there was a local boggart - ‘a man like me needs boggarts around’. He made a note in his notebook ‘a story about a man who hunts boggarts’ and years later when he had to come up with an idea at short notice developed this into ‘The Spook’s Apprentice’, the first book in the series.
He continues to draw upon the folklore of Lancashire and has acquired much local knowledge over the years which he tweaks and modifies to create his fictional world. Another source of inspiration has been Lancashire’s varied and atmospheric landscape. M
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Joseph Delaney Read widely, keep a notebook and write down everything that comes into your head, including dreams, make sure you write every day and persevere. I was…moreRead widely, keep a notebook and write down everything that comes into your head, including dreams, make sure you write every day and persevere. I was rejected over 97 times before I was published. (less)
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This blog also features on my website, www.spooksworld.co.uk where I will shortly post an extract from The Dark Army.
Will there be another Spook book after ‘The Dark Assassin’ (to be published January 2017)?
The answer is a probable yes. I already have an idea for it. The central character would be Spook Johnson rather than Tom but Spook Ward and Alice would certainly put in an appearance!
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I first read this about twenty years ago. I enjoyed it even more at this second reading. It is an alternative history that really does build a convincing world. A great story full of adventures and conflict.
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The Difference Engine by William Gibson
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This is based upon the idea that computers were invented much earlier in our history. How would that have changed things? This is a big absorbing read.
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The Inverted World by Christopher Priest
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This book is set on a world with different physical laws than we experience on earth. The explanation for why things are so is only revealed close to the end of the novel and is a real surprise!
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Golden Blood by Jack Williamson
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GOLDEN BLOOD
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This is a science fiction classic that I first read when I was in my twenties (well over forty years ago!). I enjoyed it then and it stuck in my mind. It is now available in digital form so I revisited it.
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The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
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‘The Three-Body Problem’ by Cixin Liu
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‘The Three-Body Problem’ and ‘The Dark Forest’ are by a Chinese science fiction writer called Cixin Liu. That makes for a very interesting read. It is obviously a translation (so t
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Solaris by Stanisław Lem
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I have been meaning to read this book for some time and I was certainly not disappointed. This science fiction classic, published in 1961, is better experienced in print than watched as a film. The book has been adapted into film three times but I ha ...more
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I have just read and enjoyed ‘Magyk’ by Angie Sage. It is the story of Septimus Heap, a wizard apprentice.
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More of Joseph's books…
“Now it's the dark's turn to be afraid.”
Joseph Delaney, Curse of the Bane

“You can't just be reading books all the time and leave the writting of them to others.”
Joseph Delaney, Night of the Soul Stealer

“Even a strong man can succumb to the wiles of a pretty girl with pointy shoes.”
Joseph Delaney, Attack of the Fiend

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