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What ARE you blogging on about?

That’s a good question. I think it’s because I regularly feel that I’ve got something to say that is worth saying, and that I’d really like to know to what you have to say in return. That is what the 'Comments' box is for! Let me be up-front and honest straight away. I wouldn’t be doing it if I hadn’t written the first six volumes of what I hope is a very good story for bright children from 10 – 110 years old (that isn’t everyone). You can’t fail to notice that I make casual reference to that fact fairly...

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The thing about an attempt on your life: it concentrates the mind…

“We’ve come to kill you,” the one with the 2” X 2” square-edged, two-foot length of mahogany said. Then the other two grabbed me, and he did his best. They were young and strong, and in their twenties. I was not... After 3 or 4 blows to the head, the blood was running into my eyes. After 8 or 9, I remember shouting “DON’T KILL ME!” with a certain amount of urgency. By then they had beaten me to the ground and taken the keys to the house out of my trousers pocket. My wife was locked inside and the...

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Was that true?

What comes out of your mouth can surprise you sometimes. I was in a classroom in Hackney Downs School in the spring of 1974 and I said to a class of tough London boys that I’d been teaching English to for some time: “Some of you can write better stories than I ever could.” I heard myself say it; and although I went on with whatever great idea I had dreamed up to inspire and challenge them that day, a voice in my head asked: “Was that true? After all…, (it went on) “…you haven’t tried, have you? - not...

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