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


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


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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