Alan Veale

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I’m now the author of two books that are available both online and in paperback editions. The experiences of writing and publishing them could not have been more different, but that is not a story to tell here. For anyone wishing to ask about either process, please contact me direct through Goodreads, or on my website.
For me there is no better experience than enjoying a really good story, whether I’m reading it or writing it. I think Goodreads is an excellent facility for supplementing that experience with what the movie industry tends to describe as ‘bonus material’. So if you are the sort who likes to know more, then please explore!

The Murder Tree was the result of my fascination for a true story of murder that had taken place in Glasgow
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Alan Veale Curiously that is my current project! I am nearing completion of a non-fiction piece that is effectively a part of my own family history. Three years …moreCuriously that is my current project! I am nearing completion of a non-fiction piece that is effectively a part of my own family history. Three years before I was born my parents and older sister emigrated to Australia. That was in 1949, and the world was a very different place to today. All manner of things went wrong and my family returned to the UK a year later. My father died after another seven years while I was still very young, and my mother rarely talked about her experiences down under. My sister was also too young (3) to remember much about it. It was not until after our mother died in 1985 that we found a whole batch of letters she had written from Australia to relatives, and the human story they contained is what has finally inspired me to set down as a memoir. I've learned a lot about my own family background in the process, so you could say I've been exploring a mystery there. Thanks for the opportunity to plug my next piece, currently titled 'A Kangaroo in My Sideboard'. And watch this space!(less)
Alan Veale Hi Edward. Let's just say that "Gone Girl" was the last book I read before feeling ready for a rant of some sort! My comment therefore applies to othe…moreHi Edward. Let's just say that "Gone Girl" was the last book I read before feeling ready for a rant of some sort! My comment therefore applies to other authors too, although Flynn's book failed to grab me in the way that the hype promised. Personally, I found her treatment of her central characters a tad distasteful, and I was left feeling distinctly UNsatisfied at the end - but at least I did see it through to the end. There have been at least three previous volumes on my list that got put aside less than a third of the way through - either because I was bored, irritated at the plot structure or characterisation, or simply found that the storyline was of no interest. Collectively, these are all the subject of my wrath because they fail to deliver in some way - and if I'm parting with good money for my books, I somehow feel cheated. Have I explained myself to your satisfaction?(less)
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The Murder Tree

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Picture There’s always a good reason for a party. And there’s even more ways to celebrate an occasion! After writing this I will be jetting off to Australia for three weeks, and anyone who is familiar with my second book A Kangaroo In My Sideboard will know that is a BIG thing for me. (If you’re not sure why, check the page on this website.) That alone is a reason for celebration. But last week was a Read more of this blog post »
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Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh
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Memory Man by David Baldacci
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My thanks to Emily and Patrice for their honest opinions on this one. I read the comments too and felt I might add to them – but that would not be a fair way of covering what I wanted to say. Let me first qualify my review by saying I am a writer mys ...more
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Turner by Jonathan de Montfort
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As a debut novel this one HAD to make a great first impression – more than most. Why? Because this book is also the ‘flagship’ first release from new publishing house De Montfort Literature. I’m sure the connection to the author will be obvious – the ...more
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Undressed For Dinner by Simon Temple-Bennett
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The great thing about the subject matter of this book is that you can actually touch it. Simon has written from the heart about a portion of his life for which he has a passion: his family, and their all-consuming family home/business (Augill Castle) ...more
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No Going Back by Monica Edwards
"As a child, I loved following the adventures of Tamsin, Meryon, Rissa and Roger. In this story the relationship between Tamsin and Meryon deepens.

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The Dead House by Harry Bingham
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Harry, my apologies – this is the first of your books that I have read. I don’t know why it has taken so long, as I first met you at a Festival of Writing nearly five years ago, and your Writers’ Workshop have assisted me with my own work since that ...more
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White Bones by Graham Masterton
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Make Your Book Work Harder by Nancy Hendrickson
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Action packed gripping, exciting and tense thrillers, mysteries, that's what we like reading. So many great authors out there to read. Let's share our ...more



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