Category Archives: WRITING

LETTER TO A FRIEND

There have been days when you have woken up and thought: why am I doing this? Days when you said to yourself: why am I doing this job, when it’s not what I really love? Times when you have looked … Continue reading

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WHY A TOMATO IS NOT AN ESSENTIAL PART OF ANY HISTORICAL NOVEL

Looks harmless enough, doesn’t it? But Solanum lycopersicum could cost you readers. I got this the other day: “I started reading Silk Road a couple of days back and was enjoying it very much, just as I had enjoyed one … Continue reading

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WHAT PRICE TALENT?

THE SITUATION   Washington DC, at a Metro Station, on a cold January morning in 2007, this man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. People rushed past on their way to work. After about 3 minutes, … Continue reading

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FROM AUNTY IVY TO KHUBILAI KHAN

My primary school teacher’s name was Mrs Boyne. She once told my mother at a parent interview: “Your son is a complete dreamer. He’ll never amount to anything in this life.” I still think that was a pretty harsh judgment … Continue reading

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FROM PONGWIFFY TO SHAKESPEARE

When she was three years old my baby girl crawled on my lap in my study and asked me what I was doing. “I’m writing a book,” I said. “Well, that’s just adicalus,’ she said. She had heard her mother … Continue reading

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IF YOU WRITE THAT, I’LL KILL YOU

So, religion. Is it about God or is it about women’s rights? Egypt’s Moslem Brotherhood recently spoke out against a UN declaration on women’s rights, saying it could “destroy society” by allowing a woman to travel, work and use contraception … Continue reading

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THE SECRET THAT THE WORLD’S GREATEST MYSTERY WRITER NEVER REVEALED

At quarter to ten on the evening of Friday, December 3, 1926, an up and coming crime writer left her home in Berkshire, England saying she was going out for a drive. She first went upstairs to kiss her sleeping … Continue reading

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PUTTING ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASTARD

 “The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue.” Last week a few of us gave critic Rex Reed a very negative review. But there was one critic you’d feel almost proud to … Continue reading

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DO WE STICK WITH A GENRE OR WRITE WHAT WE FEEL?

Today, I’d like to post this piece from someone I greatly admire, Julia Robb. She’s a really good writer; she has that indefinable thing called ‘voice.’ But just let me say from the outset: I don’t agree with what Julia … Continue reading

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SO THEN. WHAT DO WE ALL THINK ABOUT CRITICS?

“Has anybody ever seen a drama critic in the daytime? Of course not. They come out after dark, up to no good.” PG Wodehouse said that. I think it would be fair to say that authors have an equivocal relationship … Continue reading

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