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Philip Dickens is a British civil servant. But because he’s a low-paid grunt you won’t see him at Whitehall in a pinstripe suit and bowler hat. He’s a union representative in the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) and spends an inordinate amount of time on trains.

His debut novel, From The Hill of Megiddo, has technically been a work in progress for fifteen years. In all honesty, though, the earliest versions of it were dross and it’s no great tragedy for literature that after getting all the way to the end he managed to accidentally delete them. More than once.

Studying Imaginative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University helped Phil hone his skills so that he was able to craft a story that grabs and holds your attention rather th
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It’s the 1 November and we’re officially into NaNoWriMo!

For those who don’t know, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. It’s an event which challenges people to write a 50,000 word novel in the space of 30 days. You can register online here and you can find me on the site here.

I last took part back in 2014 and was successful in churning out a first draft of Iarraindorn. Set in c. 25AD, i...

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I picked up The Fireman because it was on the buy one, get one half price offer in WH Smith and the concept seemed intriguing. I wasn't disappointed.

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The short version of this review: OMFG! Where's the next one? I need it now!

Okay, calm. Take a breath.

Whew.

I'd started reading this slowly. Not because of anything to do with the book, but just because lots of travelling and work made it hard to get
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The Three is the first thing I've read by Sarah Lotz, and from that I think I want to read more.

The book's style, telling the story through collected letters, interviews, transcripts and so on like a documentary, can be hit or miss. Her
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The main reason I picked this up was that it not only had an intriguing premise, but the quote on the back favourably linked the author not only to George RR Martin but also Joe Abercrombie. Everything is compared to A Song of Ice and Fire these days ...more
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Right from the off, the premise of The Hollow Tree stands out. It's about a local legend from Birmingham, albeit a fictionalised version. But rather than focus on the source of the mystery, it looks at the mythos that builds up around the mystery, ma ...more
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