Author: Jack (page 1 of 14)

Published: Four American Tales

Jack Messenger, Four American Tales


At nook, kobo,  iBooks

and Amazon

Four stories plus a link to a free bonus story.

He Runs the Moon | Wendy Brandmark

He Runs the MoonPublished by Holland Park Press

Themes of identity and belonging disturb the calm surface of Wendy Brandmark’s collection of short stories, which are set in Denver, New York and Boston in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Many of the stories concern characters who have been displaced geographically and emotionally: young or old, successful or unsuccessful, their lives have slipped their moorings. For some, it is because they have left part of themselves behind in the Old World, where memories of fear and suffering coexist with recollections of family and personal authenticity. For others – particularly the young – it is because they have moved to a different city and found or lost friends or lovers. Continue reading

Diaboliad & Notes on a Cuff | Mikhail Bulgakov

Bulgakov: Diaboliad and Notes on a CuffPublished by Alma Classics

These two handsome and distinctive paperbacks form part of a series showcasing the work of Russian Master Mikhail Bulgakov. Some of the stories in Notes on a Cuff appear in English for the first time, so this is a real treat for Bulgakovians. In addition, both books include valuable textual apparatus: photographs (Mikhail was quite the dandy), notes and a concluding section on the life and work of Bulgakov. Continue reading

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Mind Map Your Book

Mind map my next book? I was sceptical – but I’m pleased with the results

When I began to think about writing a short guide on how to avoid common editing and writing errors, I didn’t know where to start. I had a vague mental list of points to cover and things I knew, but that was about it. I had a lot of experience and expertise about the subject but it was hard to know what to do with it, how to organize it so that it could make a book that people would find useful. Continue reading

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