Novelist, poet, dramatist and sometime publisher, John Harvey has been a professional writer for some forty years. The first of his Charlie Resnick series, Lonely Hearts, was named by The Times as one of the 100 most notable crime novels of the last century, and in 2007 he was the recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for Sustained Excellence in Crime Writing. He has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by the Universities of both Nottingham and Hertfordshire.
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Out of nowhere just the other day I started thinking about this movie in which a bearded Alan Bates plays an abstract painter, enjoying a painterly affair with Jill Clayburgh; I remember liking it at the time, even though part of me said perhaps it was a load of old technicolour tosh. Admitting to having not […]
I had the good fortune to meet Henning Mankel on several occasions some half-a-dozen or more years ago, when I was in Sweden with a crew from BBC Scotland, fronting a documentary on Mankel’s work as a crime novelist for BBC4. The programme title (it was to be shown in tandem with the adaptations then being filmed with Kenneth Branagh) was […]
Gorgeous, that’s the word Lee Harwood used about Brighton. Well, I’m sure he used other words as well. I was down there a little over a week ago to take part in an evening dedicated to his work, with time for an early evening wander along the front and along the pier. […]
The first time I laid eyes on Georgie Fame would have been at an all-nighter at the Flamingo, somewhere around 1962 or 63. Georgie, already renamed by agent Larry Parnes and no longer Clive Powell, leading a band called the Blue Flames, the nucleus of which had been Billy Fury’s backing band, and was now playing a […]