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

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