Ar-Mogg-eddon…

by Thomas on October 20, 2017

When it comes to nicknames, there’s clearly something quite appealing about ‘Mog’. All my life, I’ve been Moggy, or Mogs, or Mogman or Moggers. Having never met another Mogford who wasn’t related to me, this nomenclature has been something I’ve tended to attach to me and my family.

The mysterious rise of Tory politician Jacob Rees-Mogg, therefore, may have troubled many people, but it has been particularly disturbing to me, as headline writers/fanatics seem to have latched onto the Mog thing too. Mogg-mentum… Mogg-nificent… On it goes.

What about Rees, for Pete’s sake? The guy has a perfectly good second surname. Why not I-Rees-istible? Or G-Rees-y? Think of the other Mogs out there, and have a heart…

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Aussie-noir…

by Thomas on September 19, 2017

Thoroughly enjoying watching ‘Big Little Lies’ at the moment – I feel it’s ideally savoured with a mild hangover, just to intensify the dark strands running through it. After observing both my wife and mum avidly reading ‘The Dry’ over the summer holidays, and having just heard that ‘The Cry’ has been green-lit as a TV series, I think it’s safe to conclude there’s a bit of a boom going on in Aussie crime writing. I wonder if there’s a connection to the fact that Australia is often held up as a model society – strong economy, loads of people wanting to move there, Melbourne regularly topping the Best Cities charts etc. Scandi-noir seemed to thrive on showing the world that all was not as perfect in society as appeared. Is Aussie-noir a response to the same?

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New paperback for Feb 2018…

August 23, 2017

If it ain’t broke, as the saying goes… The new mass-market paperback of ‘A Thousand Cuts’ now has its UK release date — February 22, 2018. The cover is much the same as for the previous edition, bar a few small, subtle tweaks. Here’s a sneak preview — paperback jacket

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Tea time with Sherlock…

June 14, 2017

There’s a lot to be said for celebrating your favourite fictional sleuth through the medium of food and drink. My wife and I spent part of our honeymoon on the Orient Express, sipping dainty little glasses of crème de menthe in homage to Hercule Poirot, gazing about the dining car and wondering which of our […]

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Return to Oxford…

May 3, 2017

I love Oxford. I was born there; I grew up living either in the city or a few miles outside. I went to school there until I was 13, then returned to go to university. So if I’m ever lucky enough to be asked to do a book event in Oxford, I rush in like […]

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Battersea crime walk…

March 20, 2017

I’m a firm believer in the Latin phrase, ‘Solvitur ambulando’; ‘It solves itself by walking’. Whenever I get stuck on a tricky bit of plotting, I close down my computer and step out onto the streets of Battersea. I tend to take the same route each time, one that’s specially devised to get a crimewriter’s […]

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The name’s James…

March 2, 2017

This is the index of a magazine I wrote something for. I plan to drink a Martini to celebrate my new name. Though I’ll bet this never happens to Ian McEwan…

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Sunday Times review…

February 16, 2017

A thrill to appear in The Sunday Times last weekend, not least because it’s a paper my parents actually read. That said, they completely missed the review (below), and I had to phone them with a minor nudge on Sunday evening. When it comes to parental pride, we’re all just big kids, really…

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Writing Magazine interview…

January 20, 2017

As the clock ticks down towards the release of A THOUSAND CUTS, here’s an interview I did for Writing Magazine, the bestselling magazine for ALL writers (I’m quoting their tagline there, I know). You may have to twist your head to read it, as my techno skills don’t know how to rotate it. But, if […]

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A grave mission…

January 9, 2017

This is an account of a trip I made to India and Bangladesh with my father and grandfather to find the grave of my great uncle. The last paragraph was meant to be in blue as well, I think… Lewis article

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