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Illustration by Ben Jennings for George Monbiot’s article in The Guardian.

Stories of people who live far from the spotlight

In an article in The Guardian, George Monbiot urges us to pay attention to “(…) the story of people who live far from (…) the spotlight (..)” Untold stories are a central theme of my latest novel, Local Voices. Read more on Author's Notes.

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Cracks in the publishing system

Growing in the cracks in the publishing system

The opposition of French bookshops to the shortlisting of a self-published book underlines the cracks in the publishing system and the need to rethink it... Read more on Author's Notes.

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Shhhhh! Writing. New book.

Shhhhh! Writing. New book.

Shhhhh! Writing. New book. Follow-up to Stories People Tell. Annie promoting local voices. Seventy-five chapters so far. Eighty thousand words. Coming soon. Read more on Author's Notes.

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Writing a sequel to Stories People Tell

Writing a sequel to Stories People Tell

Of course, I couldn’t resist. I began a sequel to Stories People Tell. It starts in Waterloo Station, in the press of commuters under this clock where an unpleasant surprise is awaiting Annie and her girlfriend Kevin. Read more on Author's Notes.

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The art of letting a story write itself

The art of letting a story write itself

The writing of a novel brings together a wealth of experience and know-how combined with an ability to surrender to a story and let it lead you. Read more on Author's notes.

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Beyond difference, a fiery oneness

Beyond difference, a fiery oneness

What essential commonness, uniting one to all, lies beyond the differences that distinguish each from all others? ... Read more on  Author's notes.

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Coming out of the publisher’s closet

Coming out of the publisher’s closet

In Boy & Girl Peter discovers that dressing like a girl is not at all akin to being in a girl’s head. Writing the novel was a real joy. Publishing it was tedious. However, promoting it was much more of a headache. Till now... Read more on Author's Notes

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Men Writers in Women's Shoes

Men Writers in Women’s Shoes

In response to the claims of a man on Twitter, a number of women insist male authors can’t create authentic female characters. But is their generalisation right?... Read more on Author's Notes.

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Order your copy of Stories People Tell

Order your copy of Stories People Tell

You can now order your copy of Stories People Tell either in print or ebook format. Click for details including sample chapters. 

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Hymn to the power of girls

Hymn to the Power of Girls

Why is this performance of Karl Jenkins’ Adiemus by the Carmina Slovenica girls choir so deeply moving? ... Read more and watch the video on Author’s Notes.

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Stories People Tell

The galley proof arrives

Just received the galley proof of Stories People Tell. Details can be found here: stories-people-tell.com

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I'm an alien

Thoughts: I’m an alien and proud to be one

(...) Rather than berating ourselves for our foreignness and suffering at being different or worrying we are going crazy, why not relish the strength and the heightened discernment that feeling alien brings... Read more on Author's Notes.

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Short story: Being English

Short story: Being English

As I finish the layout of my new book, Stories People Tell and embark on the final re-read before sending the book to the printers, I wrote a new short piece entitled Being English.

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Stories People Tell front cover

The Politics of Elimination

A systematic striving to eliminate as a solution to problems is a self-defeating, reckless if not unhinged way of behaving… Read more about the politics of elimination and its depiction in Stories People Tell in Author’s Notes

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Stories People Tell

Stories People Tell – Cover and sample chapters

A sneak peek at the cover of Stories People Tell a new novel by Alan McCluskey is now available as well as four sample chapters.

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Stories to make sense of the world

Stories to make sense of the world

We make sense of the world by continually spinning stories about it. Stories? They are not the kind you would necessarily tell someone. Unvoiced, they are very often little more than fragments but are generally in tune with a larger personal narrative... Read more on Author's Notes.