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David Rain’s OROKON re-issued by Jo Fletcher books

Originally published in the late 90s under the pseudonym Tom Arden, we are so pleased to see the re-release of David’s flamboyant and dramatic five-volume fantasy series re-released by Jo Fletcher Books under his own name and available on Kindle download via Amazon. Starting with The Harlequin’s Dance: In the village of Irion, the crippled boy known as…
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In Defence of Ignorance

I don’t regret going to university. Given the almost unbearably limited and provincial background I came from – and the fact that I was, let’s face it, never going to be a lumberjack – university was a necessary escape. My life would have been very different had I never boarded that train one morning early…
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Strange Magic

The latest issue of fabulous book quarterly Slightly Foxed is now out and features an article by David on early twentieth-century Spanish classic Platero and I by Juan Ramón Jiménez. Here’s how it begins: “Books possess a strange magic. Like Poe’s purloined letter, they hide in plain view, standing on their shelves unregarded for days,…
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The Mysterious Cave

Here I am in the town where I was born, looking down into a mysterious cave. Those who have read my novel Volcano Street may detect some resonance here. The picture is, or could be, a metaphor. Life presents us with a mysterious cave; we might ignore it, but still the cave is there. This…
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Stories Thick and Thin

A story which fails to satisfy is said to be “thin.” This implies that there is a thickness or density of fictional effect – a sense of gravitas – that we find desirable as readers and need to achieve as writers. But how? And of what does this density consist? One answer would be that…
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