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Peter McLean

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Peter McLean was born near London in 1972, the son of a bank manager and an English teacher. He went to school in the shadow of Norwich Cathedral where he spent most of his time making up stories.

He has since grown up a bit, if not a lot, and spent 25 years working in corporate IT. He is married to Diane and is still making up stories.

He is the author of the War for the Rose Throne series, beginning with Priest of Bones, the Burned Man series, and numerous short stories for Warhammer.

Agent: Jennie Goloboy at DMLA

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Peter McLean The series is planned to be four books.
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Priest of Bones by Peter McLean
"“When people have run out of food and hope and places to hide, do not be surprised if they have also run out of mercy”

Priest of Bones is the first instalment to War for the Rose Throne, which has been constantly recommended to me over the last year b" Read more of this review »
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"(4.5/5 stars) Three books in, Thomas Piety is still one of the most compelling, introspective and fascinating characters I have read in years. McClean writes him with so much depth, nuance and moral complexity, he feels like a truly believable charac" Read more of this review »
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Behind Bars – Britain’s Most Notorious Prisoner Reveals What ... by Charles Bronson
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Contains little of his unique voice, and feels cobbled together from previous books, articles, and third party accounts. Disappointing after how good the Broadmoor book was.
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We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
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There's not really much point "reviewing" a 60 year old classic of American literature. It has already stood the test of time. I came to this very late, basically because my friend and fellow author Catriona Ward nagged me into reading it. I'm a huge ...more
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The Lies You Told by Harriet Tyce
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Decent contemporary thriller with a strong voice and an excellent twist in its tail. I can see this being adapted for TV before long.
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Call Me Mummy by Tina  Baker
Call Me Mummy
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Suicide is a mortal sin, Mummy, you *know* that. But then of course, so is murder.

This is obviously my month for books that hurt. After ANNA comes "call me mummy" (yes, there's a reason for the lack of capital letters).

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I am going to be completely honest and admit I almost didn't finish this. Not because it's bad; quite the opposite. "Harrowing" is a very over-used term, often applied to things that are merely a bit upsetting. This book is harrowing.

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“Have faith, you miserable git," the Burned Man said. "Where there's a will there's a way, and all that. You have made a will, haven't you?”
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“Kneeling in the temple doesn’t make you godly any more than standing in a stable makes you a horse, to my mind.”
Peter McLean, Priest of Lies

“Truth be told, I don’t know,” I said. “They say in the temple that sometimes a man has to balance two evils in his hands, and choose the lighter one.”
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“The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money.

Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles.

But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that'd still be keeping his feet dry in ten years' time, while the poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.

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