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The literary life of EDWARD JAMES, author,reviewer, occasional poet and former pension adviser to the government of Kyrgyzstan

Crossword Triumph

I’ve at last won a crossword competition – the cryptic crossword in The Literary Review (I recommend it) and what better prize for a resident of Gloucestershire than the trilogy … Continue reading

August 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Chocolate Soldiers

I’m proud to be a runner-up in the 2014 Graffiti short story competition, for an ‘historical’ story of up to 1000 words.  Congratulations to the winner, Christine Griffin. As befits this centennial … Continue reading

July 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

FREEDOM’S PILGRIM – A TUDOR ODYSSEY

It’s here!  Freedom’s Pilgrim is out on Amazon Kindle at £2.99 .  And here is the blurb. There really was a 13 year old boy named Miles Philips who went away … Continue reading

July 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

A TUDOR MYSTERY

It was in the border at the edge of the lawn, just an inch below the surface, easy to turn up with my trowel.  At first it looked like a … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Ships and Secrets

I don’t intend this to be a museums blog but I’ve been to two more spectacular museums recently and although they are both well known in the UK I get … Continue reading

July 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Mary Rose

Last week I was back in Portsmouth to see the Mary Rose for the third time and for the first time in its new purpose built museum.  The museum is in … Continue reading

June 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

War Museum

I’m just back from Manchester – more exciting than it sounds, at least to Southerners – and I thought I would give a boost to the Imperial War Museum North. … Continue reading

May 30, 2014 · Leave a comment
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