Richard Watt

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Richard Watt was born in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1962. He has a degree in Linguistics from Edinburgh University, and has spent much of his working life in sales and IT. Richard's writing career took off when he became a regular contributor to the Prince George Citizen newspaper with his Dear Friends columns, written during the process of moving to the northern BC city in 2006. Since moving to Canada, Richard has had flash fiction accepted by 365 Tomorrows, and published his first full-length novel, Going Back, in June 2013.

Richard is also a qualified soccer coach, and spends much of his time squinting into a low sun, shouting at teenagers.

Readers of the Dear Friends letters will know that Richard has been married to Zoë since 1986. They have
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After my mother died in 2009, I wrote on an internet messageboard about how some particular kinds of music had helped me get through that difficult time.  In particular, I wrote about the effect that the Sigur Ros album, 'Takk...' had on me as I negotiated the grieving process.  A few days later, one of my online friends (what, exac...

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Going Back

3.43 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 2013 — 3 editions
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So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
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I don't just read for pleasure; I also read for research. The book I'm currently working on features a character who is in a similar situation to at least one of Ronson's interviewees, and this was suggested to me as a way in to the character.

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After the magnificent edifice which was Stone's Fall, this looks at first glance to be slender and less involving, but nothing could be further from the truth.

The Portrait is as finely crafted as any of Pears' works, but it is delicately and painstak
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