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

Meet Judith Starkston

My guest author this month is Judith Starkston, whose book Hand of Fire you will find reviewed elsewhere on this blog (Book reviews:Hand of Fire).  Judith has re-told the story of … Continue reading

September 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Book Reviews: Hand of Fire

My book review today is Hand of Fire by Judith Starkston, a retelling of the story of Briseis, the slave girl who caused the quarrel between Achilles and Agamemnon in … Continue reading

September 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

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