Tony

Tony

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I'm feeling a little sad today because I've just finished one of the best books I've read in a long while. I've been savouring it, reading a few chapters a day to make it last - although I always wanted to get back to it to see what happens next; it's th
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  • Are you a ...?
    Self-published author
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    Historical fiction
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    General Fiction
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Sophisticated
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    Child, McNab, Tolkein & anybody remember Denis Wheatley? He wrote great historical adventures as well as the more sensational black magic stuff. He was probably Enid Blighton for grown-ups, but I loved the Famous Five when I was a kid, too!
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    Lord of the Rings; My Son, My Son; On the Beach; Day of the Jackal; Fourth Protocol; any Lee Child; any Andy McNab and Wheatley's Roger Brook (Napoleonic wars) and Gregory Sallust (World War II) stories; Dillon's Rising.
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Procastinatory
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Some self-editing
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    Have my third sequal published
    Your worst habit?
    Writing long sentences that have to be edited into two or three
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    It is a tough game, but everyone does their best
    Where do you write?
    In my head (and then in my study)
    What else do you want Word Clouders to know? eg: do you have 9 cats / like paragliding / eat nothing but tinned fish / work in the bath / live in Kettering?
    Brought up in Ulster, married Anita and moved to Woking. Brought up 3 great children who have so far given us 8 grandchildren. Revising two novels, Starlings in the Corn, and Course of Love; published one, Dillon's Rising. Write short stories and article

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    Tony I'm feeling a little sad today because I've just finished one of the best books I've read in a long while. I've been savouring it, reading a few chapters a day to make it last - although I always wanted to get back to it to see what happens next; it's that sort of book. The writing is brilliant, and unique. It's the author, our very own Skylark's, debut novel and she tells the whole story of 'Home' through the eyes - and voice - of four-year-old Jesika, who lives with her Mummy, Tina, and baby brother, Toby. Jesika describes where they live: she knows it's a home and a flat and a dump, because Mummy calls it all three, and that the rady-hater leaks and Mummy has to be mend it with chewing gum and the windy-sills are draughty because the window's broken. The place is damp and both Tina and little Toby have got chesty fections. I very quickly got used to Jesika's language and delighted in it and her innocent logic through which she views her and Toby's and her mummy's world; a world that treats them ever more harshly. Jesika's faith in her mother is so touching and Tina's resilience is inspiring, but can the little family survive all that is thrown at it? That's why I kept wanting to read on. 'Home' deals with real issues - and not just single parent families and poor housing - it gets much darker before there is any chance of a glimmer of light ahead. But will Jesika's mummy ever be able to reach out to it? I'd say this one 'must read' book for 2018. See it here: https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/1114649/home/
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    Tony I'm feeling a little sad today because I've just finished one of the best books I've read in a long while. I've been savouring it, reading a few chapters a day to make it last - although I always wanted to get back to it to see what happens next; it's that sort of book. The writing is brilliant, and unique. It's the author, Amanda Berriman's, debut novel and she tells the whole story of 'Home' through the eyes - and voice - of four-year-old Jesika, who lives with her Mummy, Tina, and baby brother, Toby. Jesika describes where they live: she knows it's a home and a flat and a dump, because Mummy calls it all three, and that the rady-hater leaks and Mummy has to be mend it with chewing gum and the windy-sills are draughty because the window's broken. The place is damp and both Tina and little Toby have got chesty fections. I very quickly got used to Jesika's language and delighted in it and her innocent logic through which she views her and Toby's and her mummy's world; a world that treats them ever more harshly. Jesika's faith in her mother is so touching and Tina's resilience is inspiring, but can the little family survive all that is thrown at it? That's why I kept wanting to read on. 'Home' deals with real issues - and not just single parent families and poor housing - it gets much darker before there is any chance of a glimmer of light ahead. But will Jesika's mummy ever be able to reach out to it? I'd say this one 'must read' book for 2018. See it here: https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/1114649/home/
    3 days ago
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    "Tony" commented on Philippa's Blog "Breaching the Citadel (aka Getting a Foothold in the Publishing World)".
    Great blog and wonderful news. Write on, Philippa!
    8 days ago
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    Tony has accepted Philippa's friend request.
    11 days ago
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    "Tony" commented on Squidge's Blog "Launching Home".
    Woops! That's something Mummy calls spelch-ek's fault.
    12 days ago
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    "Tony" commented on Squidge's Blog "Launching Home".
    It was great to be there to share a little of Skylark's excitement and meet up (again, in many cases) with other Cloudies. Getting a copy of Home and having Mandy sign it for me was just the icing on the cake. As Jessica might have said: "It was ...
    12 days ago
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    Tony Great to see so many Cloudies, many old and some new, at last night's book launch, as Skylark soared to new heights. Splendid evening.
    13 days ago
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    "Tony" commented on mike's Blog "noises - further off".
    I enjoyed reading this piece, Mike - as I usually do with what you write. A little slice of a day in central London. All human life is here. You observe it for us and include us in your observation so easily. Thanks.
    18 days ago
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    Tony Welcome to our three new arrivals. Cat and Pigeon should get on well! I don't envy GJ standing between them, though.
    21 days ago
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      Tony Sorry I crossed with V joining and so didn't mention her. A good old-fashioned Roman high five to you, V.
      20 days ago
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    "Tony" commented on Skylark's Blog "Another Update on Getting Published (aka Trying to Write Book Two)".
    I love your idea of writing Book 2 about 'minor' characters that appeared in Home. I think, when you have created a world of your own, there is obviously so much more potential than can come to light in just one novel. My protagonist, Will Dillon, ...
    1 month ago
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    "Tony" commented on Seagreen's Blog "When the vet nurse asks if you’d like a moment to say goodbye and you know that no moment will ever be long enough.".
    To Piper Lost, forlorn, abandoned, languishing for months, I found you and your sister, rescued you; Gave you new-found freedom, a playhouse for your home: And soon a place in my heart for you, too. For special were the times you let me hold ...
    1 month ago
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    "Tony" commented on Caducean Whisks's Blog ""It's only a sin if you feel remorse"".
    I agree with Emma when she says, basically, that everyone has a sense of right and wrong, regardless of whether they have any religious associations. Individual circumstances may be contrived wherein such sense may be blunted or even overruled, but ...
    2 months ago
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    "Tony" commented on Caducean Whisks's Blog ""It's only a sin if you feel remorse"".
    Sorry, Whisks, on re-reading I see you're right. I'd say the arguments still stand, however, that the act itself is either right or wrong, regardless of the perpetrators subsequent reaction.
    2 months ago
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    "Tony" commented on Caducean Whisks's Blog ""It's only a sin if you feel remorse"".
    One of Whisks original surmises was, If you feel remorse, then it's no longer wrong, or a sin. That doesn't make sense to me. If 'it' causes remorse, then 'it' must have been wrong; the subsequent remorse can't change that wrongness. What is does ...
    2 months ago
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    "Tony" commented on Athelstone's Blog "Advent".
    Yep. Works, now. Well done.
    2 months ago

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  • SecretSpi
    by SecretSpi 6 months ago
    I think you have won already with your pome!
  • Jenni Belsay
    by Jenni Belsay 1 year ago
    Congrats to your granddaughter (and you, Tony). A brilliant achievement!
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    by / 1 year ago
    Her-indoors has finished DR. ... 'very well written and easy to follow. Great story.' Then she asked, 'what else has he written?' That should tell you all you need to know. Amazon review this weekend from her.
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    by / 1 year ago
    Her-indoors deeply engrossed in Dillon's Rising. I'm getting my own tea. ... as well as other things.... When asked about it, she replies with odd noises and a 'do not disturb' look.
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    by / 1 year ago
    Working away this week.

    I am reliably informed that a book has arrived in Mudflat for me and that I am second in the Q for reading it.

    Cheers,

    Reviews will follow
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    by / 1 year ago
    I did, mate. I am home for the weekend and shall be transacting then. Looking forward to it as I'm working away and need a distraction.
  • FredaPeople
    by FredaPeople 1 year ago
    Congratulations. Good luck with it all and I'll certainly buy it !
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    by / 1 year ago
    Got any left? How do i get a paperback of hard copy?
  • FredaPeople
    by FredaPeople 1 year ago
    Good luck tomorrow, and I cannot see me getting down to Woking by that time in the morning but I do look forward to reading Dhillon's Rising.
  • Newbie
    by Newbie 1 year ago
    Good luck with your book launch tomorrow, Tony. Will be thinking of you and the lucky people who join you.