Monthly Archives: January 2013

MAYBE IT’S BECAUSE I’M A LONDONER

Having written novels set in West Africa, Lisbon and Seville, I was asked recently why I had chosen to set my latest thriller, Capital Punishment, in the ‘less exotic’ location of London. I was amazed as, over the years, London to me has become increasingly exotic as its population has expanded, sucking in people from all over the world. Being an outsider for many years helped me to look at London with fresh eyes. As an insider, in the 1980s, I only connected with the ‘village’ where I lived, my office, the pubs and restaurants where I met friends. So … CONTINUE READING

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WHAT? NO BOOKS!

To those of you who have tried to go to Waterstones to buy a copy of my latest novel, Capital Punishment, and been told that they are not stocking this book, here is the explanation: The order for CP was sent to Waterstones in good time for publication day but it was, unfortunately, on the same pallet as another publisher’s books which they had asked to be withdrawn. The CP order was therefore rejected and sent back to the warehouse along with the other publisher’s books. The error has now been ‘discovered’ and put right and the CAPITAL PUNISHMENT will … CONTINUE READING

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CHINATOWN VERSUS QT

I saw C4′s Guru-Murthy taking several broadsides from Tarantino in an interview about Django Unchained last night. Why on earth ask someone like Tarantino such ridiculous questions about the connection of movie violence to real life killing? He is the master of hyper cartoon violence. Violence so violent it becomes supra-violence. Like his characters and dialogue Tarantino operates in a fantasy world several removes from anything that could be called remotely real. So why ask him about real life? He hasn’t a clue what that is. Before he became a world famous director he was a video shop clerk who … CONTINUE READING

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

Happy New Year to you all. This one kicked off with some good news in from the USA about reviews for Capital Punishment. Publisher’s Weekly gave it a starred review and called it ‘energetic and thoughtful’. PW have not always been fans of mine. They famously started their review of The Blind Man of Seville with the line: ‘This just goes to show that even a writer as talented as Robert Wilson can have an off day.’ (When my cardio surgeon opened me up for my bypass he said those words were engraved on my heart). What got to me … CONTINUE READING

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