Graham Joyce

My obituary of Graham will be published in the Guardian. An advance copy is online here. I found the news of his sudden death distressing.

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A Kind of Lucky

When I was still a teenager, in search of cheap thrills (as I hoped and expected), I bought a Penguin paperback edition of Stan Barstow’s novel A Kind of Loving (1960). I remember enjoying it – but not for the … Continue reading

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The Best Brits?

There are twenty short stories in this anthology: nearly all of them are good or interesting or unusual, deserving to be in a book with this title, nearly all are by writers whose work I had not previously come across. The … Continue reading

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The Way Ahead

A man is seeking an appointment he has to keep. He is inside a vast modernist structure, made of concrete and glass, with unsignposted stairwells and unobliging elevators. Other people are present: tourist groups, businessmen, transient visitors. Meeting rooms have … Continue reading

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Worldcon schedule

Here is my (revised, final) programme schedule for the London worldcon, Loncon 3. We are planning to arrive on Thursday afternoon, 14th August, leaving on the Monday morning. Nina has listed her own programme items here – there is only … Continue reading

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RIP Felix

In 1967 I was living in a small basement flat in Fulham Road, London. One of the people who lived there too (I shrink from the word ‘flatmate’) was the millionaire publisher, Felix Dennis, who died at the weekend. He … Continue reading

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House Clearance

The artist Fay Ballard has an exhibition in London called House Clearance. This consists of a large number of touching and beautifully executed drawings and paintings inspired by the familiar clutter she found when clearing out the house of her … Continue reading

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Q & A

My new publishers in the USA, Titan Books, are doing a great job of finding my latest books some publicity. For the last month or so I have been slogging away at one interview after another. Although there is inevitably … Continue reading

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Tours de France

Just back from a week in France, where I was serving on the competition jury of a film festival in Tours, called Mauvais Genre. (‘Bad, Evil or Wicked Genre’: these were all non-mainstream films, some horror, some weirdness, some comedy, … Continue reading

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US editions

Late last week I received my first copies of Titan’s American editions of The Islanders and The Adjacent. The Islanders is published as a trade paperback — there never was an American hardcover, so this is the first edition in … Continue reading

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