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The Caresaway Kindle Countdown

Caresaway is on a Kindle countdown for the next couple of days so grab it if you’d like to read a novelette about what happens when a psychopath reaches a position of great power. I promise you that it’s fiction

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Greater Minds: Anthony Horowitz on writing Sherlock Holmes

Anthony Horowitz was commissioned to write a Sherlock Holmes novel. His afterword described the process of planning a mystery novel. He starts with who murders whom and why, and works outward from there. He developed ten rules to be faithful

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Fiction Review: Ten Days by Gillian Slovo

I spent most of 2011 in Malawi, and managed to time my arrival before two days of rioting swept across the country. I spent much of those two days assuring friends and family back in the UK that I was

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Fiction Review: The Score by HJ Golakai

Most people go to lodges in the Little Karoo to get away from it all. Vee Johnson didn’t want to go in the first place, and she definitely didn’t go to explain how a man came to be hanged with

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Inspirations: Umberto Eco Gives us a License to Thrill

More than 60 years after the first James Bond novel, 007 is still a cultural icon. Umberto Eco described the elements that made Ian Fleming’s novels so successful. Fleming’s novels combined a few narrative elements in various ways. Bond’s role

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Fiction review: Hand of God by Philip Kerr

Let’s get one thing straight: I couldn’t care less about football. I’m one of the very few Englishmen who looks blank when someone asks me what team I support. When England get knocked out of the World Cup, I breathe

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Fiction review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The local library’s electronic checkout system didn’t like Gone Girl. A machine can’t tremble and sob, so it threw an error message instead and sent me to the human being at the desk. He picked up the book, did a

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