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Confessions of a Professional Squirrel Killer

At fourteen, I wore black turtlenecks and learned to smoke Gauloises. The year before, I was a Boy Scout and a professional squirrel killer.  To protect red squirrels, Hertfordshire County Council had declared war on their grey cousins. If you killed a grey squirrel and took its severed tail to an office in Cheshunt, you […]

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THE WORLD WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN

We live in a terraced house with a small front garden and a solitary tree where blackbirds used to build their nest. Robins nested in a bush. They are inquisitive little birds that watched me when I put the rubbish in the dustbins. The street is a narrow crescent off the main road with little […]

HOW TO WRITE A BOOK PROPOSAL TO SELL YOUR BOOK

Publishers do not read books. They read proposals. A good book proposal has to be dynamic, fast, a rich tasting hors d’oeuvre that persuades editors to hit the reply on their laptop and ask for the full three course meal of your manuscript. A proposal has 6 essential elements:     Outline About the Author Related Books […]