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Marlon James, ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’ (2014)

‘Gun weight is a different kind of weight. Or maybe it be something else, a feeling that whenever you hold a gun is really the gun holding you.’ The deliberate application of violence – for political, criminal or psychopathic reasons – is one of the many themes swirling through Marlon James’ third novel. The title … Continue reading

On true crime and ‘The Ballad of Kate Eddowes’

Today was a big day for me, writer-wise. I received two contributors’ copies of The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Stories which is┬áthe first anthology to feature one of my own short stories, ‘The Ballad of Kate Eddowes’. It’s also the first time I’ve had anything published in hard copy, so holding the book … Continue reading