Poison pens: When writers’ friendships turn sour

When writers’ friendships fall apart there is often acrimony and – being writers – details of their differences and bitterness

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Brilliant and beastly: the enigma of VS Naipaul

Reading Patrick French’s hefty biography of VS Naipaul brought back memories of my once playing Mahjong with incipient conjunctivitis; the

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Stirring tales inspired by wagging tails

“Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job.” –  humourist Franklin P Jones. Authors have to scratch a living

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No snowflakes in the torture chamber

‘We don’t want to hear it’ is a cry shared by over-sensitive souls and despots In these days of hurt

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Writing secrets of 14 world class authors

Anthony Trollope was at his desk, pen in hand, from 5.30am every day. In contrast William Styron habitually slept until

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