On reading: The Boy on the Bridge by M R Carey

Title: The Boy on the Bridge

Author: M R Carey

From the back: Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy.

The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent him out into the world.

To where the monsters lived.

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On reading: The End of the World Running Club by Adrian J Walker

Title: The End of the World Running Club

Author: Adrian J Walker

From the back: Edgar Hill is 35 and caught in his own headlock. Overweight slob, under-performing husband and reluctant father – for Ed, the world may as well have already ended.

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News Bash

Today I return to the Dust Lounge to move some dust around, and generally bash your eyes with NEWS, sweet NEWS. And this news doesn’t involve any voting, politics or fact-checking so y’all can relax.

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On reading: A History of British Serial Killing by David Wilson

Title: A History of British Serial Killing

Author: David Wilson

From the back: In this fascinating and informative new book, Professor David Wilson tells the stories of Britain’s serial killers from Jack the Ripper to the extraordinary Suffolk Murders case.

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On reading: The Death House by Sarah Pinborough

Title: The Death House

Author: Sarah Pinborough

From the back: Toby’s life was perfectly normal . . . until it was unravelled by something as simple as a blood test.

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Do you write with plots or pants?

Here’s the question – are you a plotter or a pantser?

Do you work out the ins-and-the-outs of what’s going to be happening in that story you’re about to tell, or do you sit down and let your pants take you where they will?

Are you an organised planner, or do you set a fire under yourself and write by the seat of your literary pants?

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Chatting with Mark A King – author of Metropolitan Dreams

Today I am all sorts of pleased to welcome Mark A King to the Dust Lounge. The author of brilliant debut novel Metropolitan Dreams, and general all around top dude, we chatted about all things bookish, inspiration and cheese.

So without further ado, let’s get down to the good stuff.

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5 dystopian fictions to brighten up your day

Trump in charge of America.


Boris Johnson looking after the UK’s foreign affairs.

A ‘loose woman’ won Celebrity Big Brother.

You’d be forgiven for thinking we don’t need any dystopian fictions to liven up our day to day wanderings – after watching the news perhaps we’re all bleaked out. But perhaps that’s exactly why we do need them.

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On reading: Metropolitan Dreams by Mark A King

Title: Mark A King

Author: Metropolitan Dreams

From the back: This is a tale of two cities.

Darkness and light.

Sinners and angels.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day and all the joys it may or may not bring. Today is mostly a day of vomit inducing romantified couples paying for overpriced meals and polluting my social media feeds with over-eager double-selfies and #blessed hashtags.

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