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Alice McVeigh

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Alice McVeigh was born in South Korea, of American diplomatic parents, and lived in Southeast Asia until she was 13, when the family returned to the suburbs of Washington D.C. She then began to play the cello.

Alice achieved a B.Mus with distinction in performance at Jacobs Indiana University School of Music, and spent three years studying cello privately with William Pleeth, Jacqueline du Pre’s “cello daddy”. Since then she has freelanced with orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic and Sir John Eliot Gardiner's Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique all over the UK, the EU, America and the Far East.

Alice has written fiction all her life, but never attempted publication until the late 1990s when her first t
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I love Goodreads but...

Well, that's a relief.

At last the latest book Goodreads had down on my page (by Maureen McVeigh - no relation) has been removed.

Called, bizarrely enough, WHAT THE FUCKERY.

Which words pretty much exactly summed up my reaction, to seeing it on the page with my books on it!!!

You've got to keep a sharp eye out with Goodreads - they don't even WARN you that another book has been smuggled onto your l Read more of this blog post »
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Published on January 23, 2021 01:08
Average rating: 3.33 · 12 ratings · 1 review · 4 distinct works
While The Music Lasts

3.86 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 1995 — 2 editions
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Ghost Music

2.50 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 1997 — 2 editions
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All Risks Musical

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“Last Star Standing (Feb. 18, 2021)

It's set in the near future - 2094 - and follows an alien invasion - so it HAS to be marketed as science fiction - but it's really about the narrator's tough, terrifying, but ultimately life-affirming personal journey.

The book hit me, about three years ago, when I was meditating. This is something I do very badly! - but I have had amazing experiences - swirling colours, images - and, in this case, a character.

I found myself looking down, from the Earth's surface, about a hundred metres, down a metallic shaft, at a young man imprisoned in a metal chair.

It was Aiden, my narrator, and - from that bizarre introduction - he wouldn't leave me alone.

With sinking heart I realised that I was being asked to write - at least technically - science fiction, of which I'd read exactly three - 1984, Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go and The Handmaid's Tale.

The idea was crazy and I fought it tooth and nail.

But Aiden fought back. He wanted his book to happen. He wanted t
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
“Girls with their legs crossed, girls with their legs not crossed, girls with terrific legs, girls with lousy legs, girls that looked like swell girls, girls that looked like they'd be bitches if you knew them. It was really nice sightseeing, if you know what I mean. In a way, it was sort of depressing, too, because you kept wondering what the hell would happen to all of them. When they got out of school and college, I mean. You figured most of them would probably marry dopey guys. Guys that always talk about how many miles they get to a gallon in their goddam cars. Guys that get sore and childish as hell if you beat them at golf, or even just some stupid game like ping-pong. Guys that are very mean. Guys that never read books. Guys that are very boring— But I have to be careful about that. I mean about calling certain guys bores. I don't understand boring guys. I really don't.”
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“Girls with their legs crossed, girls with their legs not crossed, girls with terrific legs, girls with lousy legs, girls that looked like swell girls, girls that looked like they'd be bitches if you knew them. It was really nice sightseeing, if you know what I mean. In a way, it was sort of depressing, too, because you kept wondering what the hell would happen to all of them. When they got out of school and college, I mean. You figured most of them would probably marry dopey guys. Guys that always talk about how many miles they get to a gallon in their goddam cars. Guys that get sore and childish as hell if you beat them at golf, or even just some stupid game like ping-pong. Guys that are very mean. Guys that never read books. Guys that are very boring— But I have to be careful about that. I mean about calling certain guys bores. I don't understand boring guys. I really don't.”
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“Last Star Standing (Feb. 18, 2021)

It's set in the near future - 2094 - and follows an alien invasion - so it HAS to be marketed as science fiction - but it's really about the narrator's tough, terrifying, but ultimately life-affirming personal journey.

The book hit me, about three years ago, when I was meditating. This is something I do very badly! - but I have had amazing experiences - swirling colours, images - and, in this case, a character.

I found myself looking down, from the Earth's surface, about a hundred metres, down a metallic shaft, at a young man imprisoned in a metal chair.

It was Aiden, my narrator, and - from that bizarre introduction - he wouldn't leave me alone.

With sinking heart I realised that I was being asked to write - at least technically - science fiction, of which I'd read exactly three - 1984, Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go and The Handmaid's Tale.

The idea was crazy and I fought it tooth and nail.

But Aiden fought back. He wanted his book to happen. He wanted to BE.

And - long story short - he won! It's jst been published.

If you read it, I hope you enjoy it.

If you enjoy it, I hope you review it.

And I very, VERY much hope, in these tough times, it really does offer a little escape!

Spaulding Taylor”
Spaulding Taylor, Last Star Standing

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