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For the Polemologists (scholars of war)

I do love learning new words and this one seems particularly apt for myself as a Great War in Africa (GWA) specialist and more especially for TSL’s GWAA imprint. Learned a new word today,...

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National and International Days – October

Have you noticed that there’s virtually something being commemorated, celebrated, remembered or highlighted every day of the year internationally? Here’s a list for October (courtesy of the UN, Days of the Year; Wikipedia) first...

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Colloquial Speak

With the advent of globalisation, the differences between the types of spoken and written English have become more apparent. This has transferred to television where newsreaders in Britain no longer speak with what was...

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Book settings: London

One of TSL’s straplines is #SupportingLocal. For TSL, local is wherever we want it to be as we have links in Africa as well as the UK and the US and into Europe and...

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Breaking the Mould

Why follow the crowd? I don’t understand authors who insist on writing to formulae. Yes, there is a place for formulaic writing – for those who don’t want to concentrate. I remember as a...

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Combat writers’ block

Having writer's block? Write down each of the personal goals for your characters and see if they line up. #amwriting #amediting …Writing pic.twitter.com/eOP09vHoiP — Writing & Editing (@WrtrStat) 15 January 2017 If you can't...

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Angels

Angels appear to be very popular in literature. Here is a sample of popular and not-yet-so-popular angels. Where Angels fear to tread – EM Forster (read it here) Knowledge of Angels – Jill Paton...

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Toilets

For some reason, people seem to be fascinated with toilets. I remember being absolutely fascinated by the chapter in Mud, Blood and Poppycock by Gordon Corrigan detailing the facilities on the Western Front during...

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The value of reading

pic.twitter.com/ONOz7Mbipi — Leslie Tate (@LSTateAuthor) 19 January 2017 Does Reading Make You Healthier and Happier? https://t.co/9zIIaXErF1 via @janice_spina — Robbie Cheadle (@bakeandwrite) 19 January 2017 True?? pic.twitter.com/csUQNeNmqB — Booktips (@Booktips_tweet) 27 January 2017 Thanks...

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Book settings: England, not London

Setting a book in a particular place creates a link, a special kind of magic. I can’t say it’s better than an ‘ungrounded’ book – both can be deep and meaningful, one easily transcending...