Blurred Lines: the New Battle of the Sexes

Blurred Lines: The New Battle of the Sexes

Kirsty Wark’s BBC documentary, Blurred Lines: the New Battle of the Sexes, was shocking and provocative but too short. It needed another hour or two to properly do justice to its subject. It needed another hour on whether misogyny really is on the rise or whether it is just more … Continue reading

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The Soldier IF I should die, think only this of me; That there’s some corner of a foreign field That is for ever England. There shall be In that rich earth a richer dust concealed; A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware, Gave, once, her flowers to love, her … Continue reading

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Deadlines, rewrites and getting it out there


Publishing my second novel, A Very Civil Wedding, has been a mad scramble to hit the, admittedly self-imposed, deadline of 1 November. I knew I was going to be cutting it fine back in August when I realised that my progress to publication was slower than in 2012. In addition, … Continue reading

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Why the carnage will keep happening

Newtown burials

It was impossible to remain unmoved by the stories from Connecticut this week. In the space of eight minutes, Adam Lanza killed twenty six people. This has happened before (most recently in July in Colorado) and, unless the USA changes its attitude to gun ownership, it will happen again, and … Continue reading

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The B.B.C.’s coverage of the Diamond Jubilee Pageant

The Gloriana leads the manpowered craft towards Westminster Bridge

It should have been very simple. Huw Edwards in the studio, a camera crew at Battersea Bridge, a camera crew on the Spirit of Chartwell, a camera crew at Tower Bridge, Clare Balding on the Gloriana, Chris Hollins on a roving craft, and that should have been it basically. But, … Continue reading

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