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

Meet Helen Hollick

My guest this month is Helen Hollick, a  fellow Managing Editor for the Historical Novel Society, judge for The Cheltenham Prize and prolific author of sea stories and Arthurian romances. … Continue reading

February 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Cheltenham Prize

As followers of  this blog will know Cheltenham Writers’ Circle received a grant last year from Cheltenham  Arts Council to run an open short story competition.  At the time we … Continue reading

January 20, 2016 · Leave a comment


Would you like  a signed copy of ‘The Frozen Dream’ direct from the author at the special price of £6.99, post and packaging included?  Then email me at busywords_ed@yahoo.com and … Continue reading

December 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Dream is Launched

The official launch  of The Frozen Dream took place last night (19 November) at The Suffolk Anthology bookshop in Cheltenham.  It was a great party and I am grateful to … Continue reading

November 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Young and Alone in London and Sussex

Another little piece of autobiography from sixty years ago.  It describes my first Long Vacation as a university student, as a mail order clerk in Soho, a fast-food waiter in … Continue reading

November 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Now Is The Time

I was recently fortunate enough to interview Melvyn Bragg on behalf of the Historical Novel Society about his new book Now is the Time, a novel of The Peasants Revolt.  Melvyn … Continue reading

November 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Islam Quintet

Over the course of more than ten years the distinguished academic and prolific author Tariq Ali has written a series of historical novels set in different Islamic milieux, ranging from medieval … Continue reading

November 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

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