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.

Box Full Of Ideas

A Boxful Of Ideas

  Poetry and Prose by LGBT Writers. I was eighteen, when male homosexuality ceased to be a crime in the UK. The old law was harsh, and prescribed jail sentences. Back in history, the death penalty was applied. No wonder the law was called ‘the blackmailer’s charter.’ The point is that I grew up in a world where homosexuals were criminals. As a schoolboy, at … Continue reading A Boxful Of Ideas

Starlings By Erinna Mettler

From Woolf’s Scarborough To Erinna Mettler’s Brighton

I’ve wondered, who will define the first decades of the 21st century, the way Virginia Woolf defined the pre- and post war years of the 20th. I may have found the answer. This is Woolf, describing Scarborough around 1910. ‘For there was a magnificent view —moors behind, sea in front, and the whole of Scarborough from one end to the other laid out flat like … Continue reading From Woolf’s Scarborough To Erinna Mettler’s Brighton

Hunterswick Green by Iris Lloyd

Hunterswick Green By Iris Lloyd

The 1960’s kids’ TV programme ‘Camberwick Green’ depicts a quaint village in the fictitious region of Trumptonshire, where the inhabitants bustle about in harmonious contentment. At first sight, Hunterswick Green seems like a grown-up reproduction of that childhood idyll. Young couple, Alison and Peter, are smitten by the luxurious setting – fifty acres of rolling countryside, tastefully-appointed houses and the clockwork efficiency of a development … Continue reading Hunterswick Green By Iris Lloyd

The Akan House of Mysery

The Akan House Of Mystery

Don’t be fooled by the title. “The Akan House of Mystery” by George B. Streetor is not a mystery novel, but rather a detailed historical account of the Akan people, who are an important ethnic group of West Africa (mostly Ghana and the Ivory Coast) and comprise over twenty million people. The book is divided into three main parts and also has a preface that … Continue reading The Akan House Of Mystery

clouds in the wind by ian mackenzie

Clouds In The Wind by Ian Mackenzie

Clouds In The Wind The colonization of Africa started as far back as the 14th century when Arab traders from Asia occupied the east coast and set up communities from present day Somalia to as far south as Mozambique. European explorers in the 15th century, primarily from Portugal and later from the Netherlands and Britain, established settlements along the west and south coasts of the … Continue reading Clouds In The Wind by Ian Mackenzie

the girl who wants out

The Girl Who Wants Out by Nic Penrake

This is a captivating thriller by author Nic Penrake, with a certain neo-noir vibe.  Some passages are remininscient of Nabokov’s Lolita. The novel tells the story of Anthony Price, a London dentist and family man who falls madly in love with a mysterious and attractive young lady. Driven by intense desire, he finds himself entangled in a dangerous situation that may put his life and … Continue reading The Girl Who Wants Out by Nic Penrake

murder over the border

Murder Over The Border by Richard Steinitz

Yossi is an unusual and likeable personality, smart, somewhat handicapped, and with a cultured attitude, (his passion is nature photography). He takes us on the serpentine walk through the tricky negotiations involving the Israeli government and the PLO, each hoping to reach a peace settlement. There is no straight split between the good guys and the bad guys, and you sense the writer’s urge to … Continue reading Murder Over The Border by Richard Steinitz

William Lobban

The Glasgow Curse By William Lobban

The opening sets the tone for Lobban’s life as heir to one of the more ‘successful’ crime families of the 60’s and 70’s. William’s uncle, hardman Robert Manson, (described by Lobban as a “real Glaswegian gangster of a long gone era”) was an underworld force until his murder in April 1983. With the loss of his uncle, William’s life took a downward spiral. Robert Manson, … Continue reading The Glasgow Curse By William Lobban