Open Channel F

Having only just reflected on the loss of a musical great, I find myself reeling from the news that Robert Vaughn has died. As with Leonard Cohen, I shouldn’t be too perturbed.  Vaughn was also in his 80s, so could hardly be accused of having been taken from us too...

Hey That’s No Way to Say Goodbye

I woke up this morning to the news that Leonard Cohen had died.  It wasn’t shocking news, not like Bowie’s death earlier this year, or Phil Lynott’s back in the ’80s.  Cohen was 82 – not ancient, but at least it felt as if he’d lived a long enough life. Still, even if...

Gogglebox: UFO

In my post The Gogglebox And What It Did For Me, I ended with the title sequence for UFO. Clearly, it’s a personal view, but I can’t watch that without a sense of anticipation and excitement – even if I’m not actually going to watch an episode.  In case you didn’t...

Degrees of Separation

Like many people, I enjoy reading books with recurring characters.  Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, for example, or Jeffrey Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme.  Provided they’re well written, they offer predictability – you know what you’re getting. When I first decided to write...

How to Become a Bestseller

It’s true. Graeme has been a bestselling author. To be fair, he doesn’t brag about it and, frankly, hardly anyone noticed. But he says it’s nice to be able to include it on his CV. More importantly, when he put together a talk exploring the modern world of publishing,...