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This year, once again, I'm teaching the first of the Ways With Words writing weeks at Villa Pia at the end of September (17th to 24th). This is a very enjoyable time, in a spectacular setting in a lovely part of Italy, in a historic villa with delicious home-cooked food. There's no formal course, just a series of drop-in writing exercises tailored to the group. Plenty of time, too, to work on individual projects in the afternoons - and I can also offer advice on these.  You can read testimonials from people who've been taught by me, either at Villa Pia or on Guardian Memoir masterclasses  here


My novel  Fest, a murder mystery set at a literary festival, with feuding writers being put in the frame for a mysteriously deceased critic, is still available in bookshops and at Amazon, at an even better price at Hive , and even direct from the publisher. (Prospero Press, £7.99/£2.99 ebook) Here are some of the things critics have said:

Thriller of the Week: ‘A marvellous set of unsavoury suspects... good, nasty fun with a ring of truth’ MAIL ON SUNDAY

‘ A wicked send-up of literary festivals... a crime novel with a cute concept’ INDEPENDENT

'Raunchy goings-on at fictional festival Mold on Wold... a rollicking read’ EVENING STANDARD

‘And don’t miss Fest ... an old-fashioned murder mystery with ...neatly disguised clues ... and a satisfyingly unexpected culprit’  LITERARY REVIEW

'A very engaging literary romp'  SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

‘This has been quite the year for thinly disguised literary romans-à-clef, with Mark McCrum’s novel causing gossip in literary circles’

Fest was also chosen for the Independent on Sunday's 'Alternative Booker Longlist' in July. 

 There are other nice reviews by readers on Amazon and Goodreads.  

All my other titles (see Books section for extracts) are available on Amazon, for as little as 0.01p in some cases.

Recent journalism is here.
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