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The Story Behind My Novel, The King of Diamonds

Posted March 21, 2011 | 21:19:52 (EST)

I have always been fascinated by jewels. As a kid I loved to play a game called Buccaneer in which tiny boats moved across the board carrying cargoes of pearls and rubies, and I believed utterly in my grandfather's fiction that the fate of an entire world could depend on...

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Lost Without Lost

Posted May 19, 2010 | 16:19:48 (EST)

There've been long waits between seasons before but we've always known that sooner or later Lost would return to tantalize us again with its unanswered questions. Not so now. On May 23rd the final episode will air and that will be that. Or will it? Will we understand the nature...

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Disunited Kingdom

Posted May 10, 2010 | 15:58:38 (EST)

Looking across the Atlantic these last few days, I've been watching the unfolding political situation in my country with great interest.

We have an electoral system in the UK called 'first past the post' in which the winner in each of the 650 constituencies gets the seat in Parliament and...

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In the Name of the People -- State Execution in the 21st Century

Posted May 4, 2010 | 17:13:37 (EST)

In my most recent book, The Inheritance, set in England in 1959, there is a race against time to save a young man from the gallows. The death penalty was abolished in the UK in 1965, and moving to the US and my experience as a criminal defence lawyer have...

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J.R.R. Tolkien's Grandson: In My Grandfather's Footsteps

Posted April 26, 2010 | 08:30:26 (EST)

'Writers write' as the old saying goes, but I didn't, at least not any fiction, until I got to the ripe old age of forty and decided on millennium night to try and write a novel. I think now, looking back, that I'd put up this block in my mind...

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