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Ian Florance took degrees in English and Art History at Reading and Leeds Universities, then worked in academic, educational and non-fiction publishing. He now works in applied business psychology across Europe.
Ian set up OnlyConnect Publishing to publish a limited edition of a three volume narrative poem Messengers and a poetry anthology, Gemini Four, worked on with a group of old friends including the then Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.
Ian has written with the composing team of Kendal Kirkland and Rod Iliffe, including the librettos for the musical Heloise which was premiered at Southwark Cathedral and a modern Requiem which has had a number of performances. He reads at literary and arts festivals and has organised one stream of
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Long or Short Books

A number of people have commented that A Glass Rope is quite a commitment at over 500 pages and I agree. I aimed at creating a book you could live with and maybe revisit. E-book media are reviving the short story, novella and short novel as genres ( and jolly good too). But a number of articles in the press have said the big book is back. Are we at a stage where a holday blockbusters must by 35... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on October 23, 2013 07:50 Tags: book-length
Average rating: 4.0 · 3 ratings · 2 reviews · 1 distinct work
A Glass Rope

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The Ipcress File by Len Deighton
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The start of the best run of 60s spy thrillers.
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The Diary Of Soren Kierkegaard by Søren Kierkegaard
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Sorry, just had to put this in. I'm in awe of SK and this book has had more influence on my thinking than I can explain.
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Collected Poems by Geoffrey Hill
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A new Collected poems is out soon but this is an early collection, based on his ground breaking earlier work. Difficult but hugely rewarding.
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Selected Poems of Geoffrey Hill by Geoffrey Hill
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The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
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I've read a lot of translations and this surprised me with how readable it is. A good place to start if you want to get into the greatest poem of the Western world
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The Seville Communion by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
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Perez Reverte's second best novel; The McGuffin being that someone breaks into the Pope's computer and a rather presentable priest is sent to investigate. Almost as romantic as the Duman club.
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The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
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The Johnny Depp film of this wasn't that great but Perez Reverte is a wonderful novelist - a throw back to the 19th century in his ability to be both wobderfully entertaining and somehow serious. This is based on a diabolically romantic idea - truly.
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A Glastonbury Romance by John Cowper Powys
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The first sentence is known as the Beechers Brook of British fiction and if you get major arm problems from holding its huge weight you can hollow it out and use it as a garden shed. In other words a huge novel that tries the most dedicated reader. I ...more
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Sarcophagus by Philip Hemplow
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A geniunely scarey example of Lovecraft inspired horror, this one based at Chernobyl. He's written others but this is the best.
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