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The Phoenix Inn

A shaken, bewildered Lunsford is taken to a pub he’s never heard of in the village where he’d always lived. A man called Thomas Sarson-Taylor leads him there. It’s time for Lunsford to meet some people who will be very important to him. Of course, he doesn’t know this yet. Instead of turning left off […]

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Blog Extracts Novel Shalford

The Pike and the Pool

The main character in the book, Martin Lunsford, is grieving. He is numb as he returns from hospital in Crosschester to Oak Cottage, the home he shared with his wife Chloé. But life refuses to leave him alone. His is a story of revival, whether he likes it or not. The landscape of his childhood […]

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The Novel About Hope – What is it About?

Lunsford – A Novel About Hope WIP #1 I’ve been working on this novel. It’s about hope. It’s about a small county city called Crosschester, and a village called Shalford. It’s about a man called Martin Lunsford. It’s set in the late 1970s, with a man in grief. It’s also about and mundane Far Right […]

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Getting Back to Work – a Follow Up

This is an article about working with a team of good and decent people in a professional kitchen as the Potwash. It’s also about spurious advice and hope for the future. I will also be calling out Boris Johnson as a manipulative hack, so skip to the end for that.   It is a follow-up […]

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Back into the Workplace

As my new and very part-time job, I’m going to be doing Pot Wash in one of my favourite restaurants starting tonight. A hot and humid night in July, with me overweight and shorn of all confidence and 55 years old. The lowest form of life in the professional kitchen, in one of my favourite […]