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The Strange World of Gurney Slade

I’ve just re-visited this forgotten work of genius by the late great Anthony Newley.   An ITV comedy series from the 1960s shot (amazingly) on  35 mm film.

A sitcom actor, fed up with the desperately un-funny stuff he is doing, walks out of the TV studio into a world of his own invention.

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Noir in Bath

Last Saturday I co-hosted a noir afternoon in Bath Central Library.  Very successful.  Good pieces of new work read out and discussed

Congratulations to Bath Libraries for setting up ALL their writing workshops.

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Jack Shepherd 2

Folks,

Now halfway through the 2nd Jack Shepherd thriller – “Changing the Odds”.  And currently no excuses for indolence, or leaving the pc to claim a walk is a good idea – wind raging, and rain blowing horizontally past my study window.

Thanks to all who have bought “Closing the Distance”,

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Arts and Crafts house

More than a third of the way through second Jack Shepherd novel.   A great weekend.   Saturday spent with old friends who have moved to an Arts and Crafts built house in the Forest of Dean.  Back to work refreshed.

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Big print and audio

News about “Closing the Distance”.  Going into BIG PRINT and Audio.

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The Second Jack Shepherd Book

“Changing the Odds”, the second Jack Shepherd, novel is under way.

Shepherd’s old friend, retired bookie Joe Marsh, disappears; leaving a pool of blood on the hall floor; his car still in the garage; his laptop, wallet and everything to identify him, in his study.

Is he dead,

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Jack Shepherd’s City

“Closing the Distance” is set in Bristol; the place which adopted me some thirty-five years ago.

I moved to Jack Shepherd’s city when I was broke and out of work, and my brother in law offered me the spare bedroom in his flat in Horfield. I got a job with the local ITV Channel,

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Jack Shepherd

Bristol private eye Jack Shepherd, has paid a price to become the quietly controlled man he is. The death of his wife Emily from cancer, an only recently mended relationship with his daughter, his killing of a PCP crazed teenager one night in a garbage strewn alley – a shooting which resulted in his resignation from the police force and which returns to haunt his dreams and his less successful days.

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From Reader to Writer

On the way through school, I read Carroll, Stevenson, Dickens, Eliot and D H Lawrence; John Steinbeck, J D Salinger and Harper Lee. And lots of poetry.

University was given over to drama; from Shakespeare to Harold Pinter. And in the theatre, to Joe Orton, Howard Brenton, David Hare.

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A Promising Crime Writer

Almost 30 years ago, I promised myself I would become a crime novelist.

However, a series for Channel 4 was on offer. And during the following years, working as an independent writer/producer/director was an exciting triple header.

Then in March 2012, I found myself superintending controlled chaos,

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Jeff Dowson on Twitter

🚨EXCLUSIVE: The Prime Minister’s father has ignored the Foreign Office travel warning to visit his holiday home in Greece.

Speaking from the balcony of his villa last night, Stanley Johnson urged his son to sort out air bridges and said Brits pose ‘no danger’ to Greece.

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