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by writerinthenorth
Sun June 9th, 2013, 11:25 am
Forum: Travel
Topic: Shildon Locomotion
Replies: 0
Views: 1177

Shildon Locomotion

Shildon in County Durham may be the the only place I've been to where there seem to be more car parking spaces in the town than people. I was there this weekend to visit Shildon Locomotion, the North East outpost of the National Railway Museum, where I'll be doing some talks and readings on Sunday 1...
by writerinthenorth
Sat October 20th, 2012, 4:29 pm
Forum: By Author's Last Name A-F
Topic: 'The Moonstone' by Wilkie Collins
Replies: 1
Views: 1111

'The Moonstone' by Wilkie Collins

I think this is generally recognized as English literature's first detective story. It certainly provides some useful patterns for others to follow, and like all great detective stories keeps the reader gripped and guessing from first till last. Wilkie Collins was a contemporary and friend of Dicken...
by writerinthenorth
Fri September 7th, 2012, 10:22 am
Forum: By Author's Last Name R-Z
Topic: 'Barry Lyndon' by W M Thackeray
Replies: 4
Views: 715

I've just read the Andrew Robinson Stoney biography on Wikipedia. Goodness, Barry Lyndon seems almost saint-like in comparison! And to think he was MP for my neighbourhood city Newcastle upon Tyne. Perhaps the North East's biggest disgrace (unless you count Sid the Sexist from 'Viz').
by writerinthenorth
Fri September 7th, 2012, 10:12 am
Forum: By Author's Last Name R-Z
Topic: 'Barry Lyndon' by W M Thackeray
Replies: 4
Views: 715

Oh, I hadn't known about the Stoney connection - thanks for that. Of Thackeray's other novels, it may seem too obvious to mention but 'Vanity Fair' is one of the best books of all time.
by writerinthenorth
Thu September 6th, 2012, 3:41 pm
Forum: The Writing Business
Topic: Tips for talks by writers
Replies: 6
Views: 1514

Well, 'the condensed writer' must have a ring to it - I noticed it, for one. Perhaps you should stick with it. Besides, we littleuns should stick together.
by writerinthenorth
Thu September 6th, 2012, 3:38 pm
Forum: By Author's Last Name R-Z
Topic: 'Barry Lyndon' by W M Thackeray
Replies: 4
Views: 715

'Barry Lyndon' by W M Thackeray

This satire of manners is narrated by the eponymous 'hero', though only he gives himself that epithet. Barry Lyndon is possibly the most unreliable narrator in English literature, and there is a great deal of entertainment to be had in contrasting his version of characters and events with the truth ...
by writerinthenorth
Mon September 3rd, 2012, 7:22 pm
Forum: The Writing Business
Topic: Tips for talks by writers
Replies: 6
Views: 1514

Thanks, Kate. I've been looking at your website. Interesting strapline: 'The condensed writer'. Are you little, or is this a comment on your work? Just wondering. :)
by writerinthenorth
Thu August 30th, 2012, 11:30 pm
Forum: The Writing Business
Topic: Tips for talks by writers
Replies: 6
Views: 1514

You're unfailingly kind, Wendy.
by writerinthenorth
Wed August 29th, 2012, 10:08 am
Forum: The Writing Business
Topic: Tips for talks by writers
Replies: 6
Views: 1514

Tips for talks by writers

I have written quite an extensive article based on my experience of performing public talks and readings from my books, which I have called 'Ten tips for talks by writers'. It's a practical guide to the business of organizing and preparing to maximise the opportunity of book sales rather than a prim...
by writerinthenorth
Mon August 13th, 2012, 11:00 am
Forum: By Author's Last Name G-L
Topic: 'Call of the Wild' and 'White Fang' by Jack London
Replies: 2
Views: 1657

Oh yes, I hadn't considered how important the influence of Darwin would be for London at that time. Thanks for that.

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