Why would you want to ‘Cope with the Church’?

One valid criticism of my book How to Cope with the Church https://tsw.createspace.com/title/6534903 is that it assumes going to church is necessary or desirable. As not everyone agrees with that, I should have asked Why as well as How. Let us do so now. What is your...

Can you have happiness without forgiveness?

The death of Martin McGuinness has opened up some old wounds and rekindled a certain amount of controversy. Some people have questioned whether his work for peace and reconciliation outweighs his alleged involvement in IRA violence. The question of forgiveness has...

Do you like regional and foreign accents?

Do you speak standard English?  I don’t.  I speak with a bit of a mixture of accents, as I have moved around a lot.  I find our wide variety of accents and dialects in Britain interesting.  I think it would be boring if we all sounded the same.  I also like...

How do you handle the elephant in the room?

I wrote recently advising you not to be like Basil Fawlty when choosing a career. https://johnharveymurray.co.uk/blog/wp-admin/post.php?post=123 I thought of him again this week, when I was in a discussion about how to handle race and religion in fiction.  It seems as...

Are the animals in my book red herrings?

When my detective novel, Accounting for Murder: Double Entry, is published, you will find animals appearing at various points in the story.  The following are not examples.   ‘Was he thick-skinned or just thick?’ The Old Bill were in the dark....