Author Archives: wordsandpictures2016


This beautiful explosion of colour and energy was one of a pair of tiles which decorated the doorhandles of a run down back street boutique in Porto Christo, Mallorca. Sometimes its amazing what tiny delights you can find when you … Continue reading

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Cover Versions

When I’m abroad I love to look in bookshops, with the emphasis on ‘look’ as my linguistic skills stretch to schoolboy French and rudimentary Spanish or Catalan. What I find fascinating are the radically different designs for books I am … Continue reading

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Music Time: Kate Tempest

  I know I’m a little(!) late in coming to the party, but I’ve just discovered Kate Tempest and isn’t this GLORIOUS?

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‘History of Violence’ Edouard Louis

  A young man is befriended by a stranger on a dark Paris street, late at night. He takes the stranger home and, after they have sex, is beaten and violently raped. In his first novel, ‘The End of Eddy’, … Continue reading

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Holiday Reading!

Hurrah, it’s that time of year again, when I skip these shores for a couple of weeks of rest, relaxation and reading. First up are a couple of books I wrote about a couple of weeks ago:  ‘Offshore’ by Penelope … Continue reading

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