Quantum Fiction

Originally posted on New London Writers:
To aficionados of sci-fi, Quantum Mechanics is a well-known idea, however shouldn’t we think about Quantum Fiction? Could this be the new sci-fi supra-type? In the sci-fi universe Quantum Mechanics (or Physics) clarifies everything from teleportation to psychic phenomena, though in the realm of material science, Quantum Mechanics is the investigation of matter in movement through time and space.… Continue reading Quantum Fiction

The Malevolent Universe of H P Lovecraft

Originally posted on New London Writers:
H P Lovecraft is ranked as one of America’s finest horror writers and his Cthulhu mythos has turned into one of writing’s most powerful manifestations. In his work, Lovecraft frequently refers to the minuscule scale of man in a frightening, obscure, and to a great extent vindictive universe. Ancient and unspeakable beings are at the heart of Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos.… Continue reading The Malevolent Universe of H P Lovecraft

how you might know me by sabrina mahfouz

How You Might Know Me by Sabrina Mahfouz

One of the brilliant things about words is how they shine a light on other people’s worlds. On the pages and in the ears exist lenses and windows, portals into a place we might never go. How You Might Know Me is a poetic exploration of four women’s lives, connected through their experience in different areas of the UK’s growing sex industry. It’s not written … Continue reading How You Might Know Me by Sabrina Mahfouz

First Love - Gwendoline Riley

First Love by Gwendoline Riley

First Love may be short, but it packs a lot in. Far from the dreamy idealised nature of one’s first sweetheart as the title may suggest, this is a novel that explores adult love. The kind that comes with baggage, life experience and challenges. The kind of relationship between two people, broken and scarred but still living and hopeful, who know that any partnership is … Continue reading First Love by Gwendoline Riley

Big Driver - Stephen King's Dangerous Genre Study

Big Driver – Stephen King’s Dangerous Genre Study

In Big Driver, one of the novellas featured in Full Dark No Stars, Stephen King once again presents a writer as the main protagonist. Not an unusual thing considering that one of King’s favourite themes has always been the writing process, and for that he has created a number of characters who make a living out of their words. Some deserve special mention, such as … Continue reading Big Driver – Stephen King’s Dangerous Genre Study

The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure

The Gutsy Girl – Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure

It was whilst scrolling through Instagram one evening that I came across an image that made me smile, all about the importance of living an ‘adventureful life’. Further investigation led me to Caroline Paul and her book The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure. And who doesn’t want to live a life of epic adventure? Whilst girls might want to, they’re certainly not expected … Continue reading The Gutsy Girl – Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure

Homo Conscius

Perhaps Timothy Balding’s new novel, Homo Conscius, is a series of connected vignettes. This, at any rate, was my first impression. The chapters are short and many could stand on their own as short stories or collections of bons mots. By chapter four, I was jolted back to my youth, around 1962, when we were all pretending we understood the existentialism of Sartre’s The Age … Continue reading Homo Conscius

enni Murray - A History of Britain in 21 Women

Jenni Murray – A History of Britain in 21 Women

Refuting Thomas Carlyle’s famous line from 1840 that ‘the history of the world is but the biography of great men’ and citing Steve Biddulph’s claim that it was men who built planes, railways, cars, ships, hospitals and medicines and ‘made it all happen’ as ‘rubbish!’ Jenni Murray reveals her cast of those who have inspired her own life and that of millions of people – … Continue reading Jenni Murray – A History of Britain in 21 Women

Don’t Say Don’t.

New Year Resolutions are doomed to fail. The inclusion of the word ‘don’t,’ kills all hope of success. It is accepted in educational psychology, that people fail to register words such as don’t and stop, when used in the imperative. Why isn’t clear. Apparently, we hate negatives. The Charge of the Light Brigade was probably caused by the order, ‘Don’t charge the heights where the … Continue reading Don’t Say Don’t.