July 2013

Another ★★★★★ review

From Lily the Novel Nerd on Goodreads (read the original here)

Wanted! – The words that fly into my head upon reading this title are, ‘Epic’ ‘Amazing’ ‘Incredible’! ! !

This is a post-apocalyptic tale set in the town of Faringdon. What I love the most about this story is the branch off from the norm. Most books of this genre go down the route of chaos and destruction after the end of the world. Instead the author has taken us along a more realistic path. It takes place a couple of hundred years after the collapse of society, electricity and technology are but a thing of the past. Interestingly the world has (in a way) gone back to its routes, incorporating a modern twist. I absolutely ADORED the idea of having horse drawn classic cars, in fact I want to own one of these myself!

I was also head over heels for Flick. Its very rare I develop a relationship with the female protagonist, but Flick was just kick ass and awesome in every way! As a matter of fact, the characters were brought to life in such a way that you couldn’t help having strong emotional ties to almost each and every one of them. For example, the mayor: he was a character you just loved to hate; he was so damn vile and twisted.

I’m super psyched to have had the opportunity to read this book and the author has my sincerest gratitude. I look forward to the next instalment of the Flick Carter series!

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Faringdon on the Radio

Faringdon House (one of my key locations) featured in yesterday’s BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Drama:

As WW2 nears its conclusion, James Lees-Milne is sent to assess Faringdon House in Berkshire for the National Trust. Faringdon is home to the composer, artist and poet Gerald, Lord Berners, who has returned to England under a cloud, having spent most of the war in Rome. Lord Berners is an eccentric through-and-through – a man given to dying his doves to co-ordinate with the food he’s serving and the once proud owner of a pet giraffe…


It may only be there for a week, so get in quick!

Flick’s blog is back!

During a recent reorganisation of my site (I host several different domains from the one hosting package) I accidentally pressed the wrong button and Flick’s WordPress install went away. Now while I do have a backup of the whole directory structure, it seemed like too much hassle to try and recover individual posts and stuff out of it, so I decided just to rebuild the domain from scratch. Anyhow, it’s back up and running, and Flick is blogging away again!

You can get to Flick’s blog from the menu at the top of the page, or by setting your browser to http://www.flickcarter.com


We had a poetry workshop at Abingdon Writers last night, so I just want to say a quick thank you to Elaine and Kathryn for what turned out to be a very interesting ant thought-provoking event.

Anyhow, this is the short piece that I produced. I’m not claiming anything in terms of originality or style or quality. But it is mine, and I’m quite pleased with it.


Careful contemplation of pebbles
draws out an arrangement
so perfect, so right,
so harmonious.
Their cadence brings forth
the music of the universe
That can be approximated
to the equation on the right.