Neil Rathmell

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Dirty Tricks – a short story in seven parts: part 2

I take a bit more interest now that I know we’ve got to keep an eye on these Father Christmas people and the first time I switch over to the … Continue reading

April 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Dirty Tricks – a short story in seven parts: part 1

I don’t know what I’m laughing at. I’m new. I’m laughing because everyone else is laughing. The Superintendent’s sitting on the edge of the table, the Assistant Superintendent’s sitting behind … Continue reading

April 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

An Englishman (and his mother) Abroad

Last year I published a book called ‘An Englishman (and his mother) Abroad’. It was about my mother and the birthday she spent in India with me at the invitation … Continue reading

March 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

Modern literature’s debt to Mary Shelley

To have invented one literary genre is a remarkable enough achievement, to have invented two is almost beyond belief, which is perhaps why Mary Shelley’s second achievement has been largely … Continue reading

March 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? is best known as a film starring Jane Fonda, but that was in 1969 by which time the novel by Horace McCoy had been in … Continue reading

March 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Peter – the story in full

His name was Peter. Where he came from, it was pronounced differently. Every country has its own version of that name. Wherever he was, he answered to the name that … Continue reading

March 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Peter – a short story in six daily instalments: part 6

That was what happened when he saw Dvocza again. It was a day in the middle of summer. The sun was shining, there was a light wind. In the afternoon, … Continue reading

March 9, 2015 · Leave a comment
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