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Patience is a Virtue

‘Patience is a virtue’ is a proverb we’re all familiar with. We’re told as children, ‘You’ll just have to be patient.’ But how many of us as adults possess the quality of patience? Wikipedia tells me that patience is one of the seven heavenly virtues listed in the fifth century... read more

Well, here it is!

First the good news: My new website is up, running – LIVE! I’m really pleased with it. I like the design and I’m hoping the functionality will be good as well. With ‘The Piano Player’s Son’ due out in October, the website provides me with more opportunity to write about... read more

‘Not Waving But Drowning’

I seem to be drowning at the moment, the force of everything I’m supposed to be doing pushing me down. The list seems unending. And the worst thing is that the list doesn’t even include the novel I’m supposed to be working on, the novel I’m desperate to get back... read more

Which words do you overuse?

In the Guardian weekend colour supplement each Saturday, there’s a question and answer session with a well-known person/celebrity. The questions range from When were you happiest? to What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? to How would you like to be remembered? Sometimes the page is fascinating, other... read more

Happy Birthday Unravelling!

Today is Unravelling’s third birthday – cue trumpets, choirs, balloons, champagne and … cake! Birthdays mean cake! Happy Birthday Unravelling! So, it’s three years since the launch of ‘Unravelling’, a wonderful afternoon which nearly 100 lovely people came to. It was the culmination of a dream I’d had since I... read more