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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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Making Sense

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The More Things Change

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This Is Not About What You ...

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The Whole Truth

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Reader Please Supply Meaning

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Living with the Truth (Literature & 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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I’ve read pretty much all of Jessica Bell's published fiction and there's not a dud there; it's all perfectly readable stuff: five 4-stars, two 3-stars. Which is what every author wants to hear, isn’t it, that their stuff’s perfectly readable? It doe ...more
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The Complete Poems by Philip Larkin
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Like most poets Larkin's reputation rests on a handful of poems; more than most I'd say. He's the reason I'm a poet and still going strong at sixty-two whereas by his sixties Larkin's output had dwindled to nothing and he died in 1985 at sixty-three ...more
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Thousand by Glenn Ingersoll
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When, in 2013, I reviewed Fact, Glenn’s tiny (i.e. physically small) collection of short poems, I said it wouldn’t be for everyone. The same proviso is true of the, by comparison, gargantuan Thousand. To be fair that could be said of every book ever ...more
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Dance by the Canal by Kerstin Hensel
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I’ve always had a soft spots for down and outs from Lucille Ball’s ‘Florabelle’ in Slone Pillow to Patricia Hayes’s ‘Edna’ in Edna the Inebriate Woman. Gabriela von Haßlau seemed like she might be a worthy addition to that canon and I enjoyed the fir ...more
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C'est tout ce que j'ai à déclarer - Œuvres poétiques complète... by Richard Brautigan
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God, all the shit
that is going to be written
about me
after I am dead
There are two authors (who, apart from a fondness for the absurd, could be less alike) whose complete oeuvre I’ve read (discounting those authors who’ve only written one or two boo
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Rain on the River by Jim Dodge
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If I was to sum up this book in a single word (a task which does no book any favours) I would probably go for anecdotal, ergo “A brief, revealing account of an individual person: ‘a story with a point.’” A good anecdote can be grasped immediately but ...more
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Soviet Milk by Nora Ikstena
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This book confused me at the start. We are in Latvia and the end of World War II and a woman is talking about her mother. All well and good. There’s a break and we have a child talking about her mother. Was this the same woman as a child? That’s what ...more
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The Spirit Drum by Kyūsaku Yumeno
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This is an odd book from a man who became an odd writer. It was entered into a competition looking for a work of detective fiction. This was in 1926, the same year Agatha Christie published The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, her third featuring Hercule Poi ...more
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I made a mistake with this book and not one I’m usually guilty of: I cast the protagonist. As soon as I started reading the image that came into my mind was that of Sang-il Kim (played by Paul Sun-Hyung Lee) in the Canadian sitcom Kim’s Convenience. ...more
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“Time is what keeps everything from happening at once.”
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“I don’t know how to pray,
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in nightgowns, hands woven
like secret friends.”
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Samuel Beckett
“Art has nothing to do with clarity, does not dabble in the clear and does not make clear”
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