Graeme Shimmin

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I was born in Manchester, and studied Physics at Durham University.

My successful consultancy career enabled me to retire at 35 to an island off Donegal and start writing. I have since returned to Manchester and completed an MA in Creative Writing.

The inspiration for A Kill in the Morning - my prizewinning first novel - came from Robert Harris' alternate history novel, Fatherland, and my love of classic spy fiction.

To find out more, and read my spy-themed short stories and book and movie reviews, visit http://graemeshimmin.com.
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My Top Ten Fictional Aircraft

From an original article My Top Ten Fictional Aircraft, posted at Graeme Shimmin, spy thriller and alternate history writer


As an author, one my favourite things about writing is putting my characters in the cockpit of fictional aircraft. There’s something fascinating about being able to imagine “what if?” and then write it.


So it was great fun for me to research my favourite fictional aircraft, the

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This is pretty weak, bordering on rubbish. Having said that I did finish it, so it must have had 'something'.

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“I don't like killing, but I'm good at it. Murder isn't so bad from a distance, just shapes popping up in my scope. Close-up work though - a garrotte around a target's neck or a knife in their heart - it's not for me. Too much empathy, that's my problem. Usually. But not today. Today is different . . .”
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