Crime Time: new books and ripping reads. Vanda Symon features … — July 4, 2018
The Quaker by Liam McIlvanney @LiamMcIlvanney @JaimeFrost @HarperFiction @fictionpubteam @CottonFinn — June 23, 2018

The Quaker by Liam McIlvanney @LiamMcIlvanney @JaimeFrost @HarperFiction @fictionpubteam @CottonFinn

Proving to be a very popular novel, and deservedly so. Congratulations Liam.


Source: Review copy

Publication: June 28th 2018 from Harper Collins

Pp: 400

ISBN-13: 978-0008259914

A city torn apart.

Glasgow, 1969. In the grip of the worst winter for years, the city is brought to its knees by a killer whose name fills the streets with fear: the Quaker. He takes his next victim – the third woman from the same nightclub – and dumps her in the street like rubbish.

A detective with everything to prove.

The police are left chasing a ghost, with no new leads and no hope of catching their prey. DI McCormack, a talented young detective from the Highlands, is ordered to join the investigation. But his arrival is met with anger from a group of officers on the brink of despair. Soon he learns just how difficult life can be for an outsider.

A killer who hunts in the shadows.

When another woman is…

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Book Review: All Our Secrets, by Jennifer Lane — December 14, 2017

Book Review: All Our Secrets, by Jennifer Lane

Well edited and polished … as you would expect from a book edited by Penelope Todd.

Available in bookshops nationwide.

cv_all_our_secretsI began this novel with no expectations at all beyond the blurb, which made it sound dark and murderous, something along the lines of your usual crime fiction novel. And yes it would suit those who enjoy that type of read: but it is much much more than this. This is your ultimate immersive summer read.

Our 11-year-old narrator Gracie is the eldest in her family, which comprises of her mum, occasionally her promiscuous dad, and her extremely Catholic Grandma Bett; plus Elijah, and the 3-year-old twins Lucky and Grub. She and Elijah have a secret spot that they hide in while their Mum & Dad fight (usually about his indiscretions), but she is quietly proud to be his daughter. He is, to her eyes, the best-looking man in Coongahoola. Unfortunately, many other women agree.

‘At approximately three thirty in the afternoon, while walking on the…

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Ngaio Marsh founder Craig Sisterson’s insight into how and why he started this award. (Part 2) — September 26, 2017
Ngaio Marsh founder Craig Sisterson’s insight into how and why he started this award. (Part 1) —
Kiwi crime hits the UK shelves.  Top bloggers choose a #crime summer read: Craig at Crime Watch @craigsisterson — August 26, 2017
Manuscript critique from HarperCollins editor Phoebe Morgan — June 22, 2017

Manuscript critique from HarperCollins editor Phoebe Morgan

For all you writers, take a punt, help victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

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ITEM: Manuscript critique from HarperCollins editor Phoebe Morgan

DETAILS: I will give editorial feedback on your fiction synopsis and opening chapters (up to 10,000 words), plus advice on getting published. Open to fiction, any genre other than sci-fi.

BIO: I am a commercial fiction editor at Avon, a division of HarperCollins. Avon publishes, amongst others, number one bestsellers C. L. Taylor, Katerina Diamond, Angela Clarke and Fiona Gibson, and was shortlisted for imprint of the year in 2017. I work mainly on crime and thriller books and women’s fiction but am happy to look at other genres too. Twitter: @Phoebe_A_Morgan

WHO CAN BID: Worldwide.

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a home/not-home hero’s journey — May 12, 2017

a home/not-home hero’s journey

Written by a New Zealander who has made a home in the UK, and totally understood by an English person who has made a home in New Zealand.

Not Writing But Blogging

I’m going to Aotearoa/New Zealand in two weeks today. For about the past three months I’ve mostly been daunted by the prospect, and very occasionally excited about it. But this morning, while running, it occurred to me that I don’t have to be EITHER fearful OR fearless. I could be both. Or neither. I could be fearful and fearless, quite possibly at the same time.

I’m daunted partly to do with the schedule – not that it’s so very different to my usual work schedule at home, but there is quite a lot of extra travel AND also about 60-70 old friends and family to fit in the in-between work bits. In my 28 days (exactly) away from home I have:

  • 4 x 12 hour international flights
  • 5 x smaller internal NZ flights
  • about 12 hours driving time
  • three writing workshops for a range of abilities/interests
  • three Fun Palaces workshops

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2017 Poetry Competition Results — April 2, 2017

2017 Poetry Competition Results

Congratulations, Kath Beattie! You rock!

Poems in the Waiting Room (NZ)

Time to announce the winners

of the 2017


Poems in the Waiting Room (NZ) poetry competition

The 2017 competition winners have all been notified, and I’ve emailed everyone, who provided me with an email address, to let them know the results are out. Many thanks to: Otago University Press, the art deptand Otago University Bookshop for providing monetary prizes and book vouchers for our 2017 competition.

The winning poems will appear in the winter edition of the Poems in the Waiting Room poetry card. I intend spending some time going through all submissions and selecting any which might be suitable for a future PitWR edition. I’ll be in touch with those poets before the end of the month.

Many thanks to everyone who entered the competition. Your support will help Poems in the Waiting Room continue to provide free seasonal poetry cards to medical waiting rooms, rest homes…

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