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Nik Morton
Writer, editor and illustrator
Writer, editor and illustrator

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Give the police guns
latest terrorist atrocity in Westminster rightly evoked anger, compassion for
the injured and the bereaved families, and inevitably calls for all British
police to be armed.             This latter consideration strikes a
memory chord. In my novel The B...

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Book review - The Veteran
Frederick Forsyth’s
collection of five stories, The Veteran (2001) is definitely worth reading. [Beware that there is a single story with this title on offer too, and some readers have been caught out by this.] If you haven’t read his
breakout novel The Day...

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Book review - Time will darken it
William Maxwell’s Time Will Darken It (1948) is a quite
haunting tragedy of manners and relationships. Set in the small town of
Draperville, Illinois in 1912, this literary novel mainly concerns the lawyer
Austin King, his wife Martha and their daughter Abb...

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Writing - 'well written guide'
My non-fiction genre writing guide Write a Western in 30 Days is still picking up 5-star reviews.  The latest is: ' A definitely well written guide to help you through the writing process.' review, dated 7 March 2017. Thank you, Brian L. Smith.  ...

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Book review - Investigating Murdoch Mysteries
The official companion to the
TV series, Murdoch Mysteries (2015)
is a lavish reasonably priced hardback with dozens of colour photographs. Ideal
for any fan to own. The authors Michelle Ricci and Mir Bahmanyar were given
much assistance from the cast and c...

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Book review – Doctor on the Ball
you want an amusing gloriously politically incorrect comic novel, you could
do a lot worse than read one of Dr Richard Gordon’s doctor series of books. Gordon
Ostlere was born in 1921, so he was sixty-four when he wrote his penultimate
Doctor novel, Doct...

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Book review - The Man Who Hunted Himself
Lex Lander’s third outing for his hired assassin André
Warner, The Man Who Hunted Himself , is
his best to date.   You don’t have read
the first two, End As an Assassin (#1) and I Kill (#2), though I’d
recommend doing so as you will appreciate the nuanced d...

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Hear, hear!
I was looking forward to watching
the 5-part dramatization of Len Deighton’s 1978 novel, SS-GB , which I’d read and enjoyed many years ago.  Unfortunately,
the BBC chose to schedule it in conflict with an ITV series I’m already
watching, The Good Karma Hosp...

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He was Legend
author Richard Matheson was born on today’s date in 1926. His
output was varied and prodigious. He wrote genre fiction, short stories and
novels, screenplays and teleplays. His
1954 novel I Am Legend has been
adapted for the screen four times; his time-...

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Love on the doorstep
years ago on a Friday (16 February, 1973), Jennifer, my wife-to-be appeared on
my doorstep. No,
she wasn’t selling anything. I
was serving in the Royal Navy then and rented a room in a Gosport three-bedroom
house owned by John Bevan, a civilian ...
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