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Jim Murdoch

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I was born in Glasgow in 1959 and although throughout my life I have lived in most parts of Scotland I have found myself continually drawn back to the "friendly city" where I now live quietly on the outskirts with my wife.

My writing career began at school and I continue to write and publish poetry to this day. During the nineties I experienced a lengthy period of writer's block - it lasted two years - then one day I sat down and started writing. Twenty-one pages left I had the bare bones of a novel, Living with the Truth.

Since then I've started to broaden my horizons completing two plays and a decent body of short stories. I am currently trying to decide if I'm writing my sixth novel or just kidding myself.

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Ten years after

All good things come to an end, and all bad things, too, one supposes, and, as a matter of course, the noncommittal and the inconsequential… The More Things Change, Jim Murdoch 

This will be my last post. The last for a while in any case. A good while. Maybe forever. I’ve been doing this for ten years now—my first post was on 6th August 2007 following the death of Ingmar Bergman—which is a long Read more of this blog post »
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Living with the Truth

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Milligan and Murphy

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Stranger than Fiction

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Description: A novel about a old bookseller who finds himself forced to spend two days with the personification of truth.

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