Five Friday Favourites

I’m up to my eyes in line edits for Quarter Square and loving every moment of it. Talked with my editor Kym Hinton on Skype last night. She’s as delightful on the phone as she is in email, and I’m a lucky man to have her helping me whip, beat, smooth and polish this novel.

So with a hey ho, hey ho, it’s off to the nose/grindstone interface I go, but before I dive back in here are today’s FFF.


Nobel Prize winner in Literature

Sex scene on film

Online shop

Guinness ad

Mine are:

Breakfast: blackberry tea, porridge with strawberry jam, an orange, fresh coffee

Gabriel García Márquez

Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin in The Big Easy

The Book Depository

The 1994 one with Louis Armstrong singing “We have all the time in the world”

What are yours?


My daughter and I saw this yesterday and loved every happy minute of it.

Here’s the blurb from Universal Pictures:

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) reunite for the comedy adventure Paul as two sci-fi geeks whose pilgrimage takes them to America’s UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever. For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen) has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. For reasons unknown, the space-traveling smart ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town-a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy (Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Frost). Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes…

The verbal and visual references to sf culture are a delight and the whole thing is just laugh-out-loud fun from start to finish.


My Boyfriend’s Back – Chrissy Olinger

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“Fear not! I bring you tidings of… DAMMIT!”

With those few words, Jack Lynch’s world was turned upside-down. Once the nerd everyone loved to torment, he has returned to his home town for his twentieth reunion. Now a multimillionaire, Jack has everything but the one thing that matters: his true love. Twenty years ago he let her slip away. Now he’s back, and determined to win her heart.

But screeching tires on an icy road change everything. If being temporarily dead weren’t bad enough, Norman— an angel in training— returns Jack’s spirit to the wrong body— the class bully, John Lydon.

With the rockin’ hot bod of his former nemesis, the help of a nerdy angel, and his own wits, Jack has to get Rori to see him, love him, and bring about a miracle… without revealing this true identity. The clock is ticking, and he only has three days.

Jack’s got the brains; his new body has the brawn; and Norman’s got his back. What could possibly go wrong?

*This book contains some mild language, no strong sexual content, and an excessive amount of silliness.

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