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

Meet Melvyn Bragg

Last year I interviewed Melvyyn Bragg who had recently published his latest historical novel Now is the Time, about the Peasants Revolt in England in the 14th century.  The book … Continue reading

November 14, 2016 · Leave a comment


The winners of The Cheltenham Prize, the short story competition organised by Cheltenham Writers’ Circle, were announced at the awards ceremony yesterday afternoon (9th October).  They are listed in cheltprize.wordpress.com … Continue reading

October 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Impossible Walk

I’ve decided to  start a third novel – which isn’t to say I will finish it.  So I’ve written the Prologue which you will find on this blog as a … Continue reading

July 19, 2016 · Leave a comment


The Battle of Hastings wasn’t fought at Hastings and William the Conqueror didn’t land here (the events took place at Battle and Pevensey respectively), but Hastings in Sussex does have … Continue reading

July 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Birmingham Back-to-Backs

The back-to-backs were a type of working class housing which was common in the cities of Northern England and the Midlands in the 19th century and most of which have … Continue reading

July 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Those Were the Days

Raising the Flag Last month I had a most unexpected invitation.  The headmaster of my old school, which I left over 60 years ago, asked me to speak at the … Continue reading

April 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Other Cheltenham Prize

Besides the open competition  which the Cheltenham Writers’ Circle has just launched (see cheltprize.wordpress.com) the Circle has for several  years run an annual competition for members, for short stories and poems … Continue reading

April 13, 2016 · Leave a comment