Imagining The Dark Side

Imagining The Dark Side

I know men and women who, when standing under the shower, suddenly imagine it to be the outlet in a gas chamber in Auschwitz. They are jammed in the shower with hundreds of other naked men and women. Intimate body contact is unavoidable. Someone begins to scream. Sobbing can be heard – little children to their parents. ‘What’s happening daddy? I can’t breathe.’ ‘It’s alright … Continue reading Imagining The Dark Side

The Prologue From Jan Moran Neil’s Novel ‘Blackberry Promises’ Available On Amazon

The Prologue From Jan Moran Neil’s Novel ‘Blackberry Promises’ Available On Amazon

  The Old Bailey – January 1960 Lily Lee’s Story Footfalls in the corridor; time to tell her story. ‘Miss Lee,’ the usher says, ‘you’re called for witness now.’ Lily Lee stares at the usher’s polished shoes – you could see your face in those shoes – she hears her father saying. She follows the shoes up the short corridor which leads to the number … Continue reading The Prologue From Jan Moran Neil’s Novel ‘Blackberry Promises’ Available On Amazon

The Last Stop - Chapter 1

The Last Stop – Chapter 1

Retired tax inspector Jack goes on holiday to Berlin, leaving his wife to go away with her sister – so he thinks. His wife uses his absence to start an affair. Leaving the airport, Jack sees twenty-something Polish woman Maria, standing at the station, destitute and crying. He stops to help and becomes her mentor by preventing her making a fatal journey. ‘The bus or … Continue reading The Last Stop – Chapter 1

Mutti Merkel Says We Can Do This!

Mutti Merkel Says We Can Do This!

The current catch phrase in Germany is “Wir schaffen es.” (We can do this). The broad use of the personal pronoun ‘we,’ should be interpreted in the sense of Queen Victoria’s, “We are not amused,” (although she probably never said it). The ‘We,’ is called the ‘Majestic Plural’. Also known as the ‘Royal We,’ it dates from a time when the king/queen, believed God had … Continue reading Mutti Merkel Says We Can Do This!

Lillian and the Italians

Lillian And The Italians

Lillian, a 50-year-old widow from Sussex, has arrived in Italy to find her ‘rolling stone’ son Andrew, who left England four years ago. On the island of Burano, she has met Carlo, Andrew’s business partner. He takes her to dine at the famous Cipriani restaurant on Torcello. The year is 1966. Read and enjoy this gently unwinding mystery in the evocative surroundings of Venice. Continue reading Lillian And The Italians

Wendy Swings

Wendy Swings

Wendy had read about swingers in books and magazines. A boy she’d dated in high school had showed her a movie – a mainstream movie, not porno – about wife-swapping. She wondered what it would be like to be a swinger, but married to a devout Jehovah’s Witness there wasn’t much likelihood of it happening; Mike wouldn’t want to swap her for anything except maybe a snazzier Harley Davison. Continue reading Wendy Swings