Here is my latest essay, on historical fiction this time, at the National Post.
My second online essay at the National Post addresses Eastern Europe as John Le Carre Territory.
The first of my series of brief essays on the background of my latest novel and on writing historical literature in general appears online at the National Post today.
Philip Marchand reviewed Underground in the National Post Today.
The hard copy of the newspaper has a large sketch of me labelled “Irresistible”. It’s a page I wish I could send to some of the girls I admired in high school.
To critique the critique, the review does insist that I am not writing humour – it insists a bit too much because I am indeed not writing humour in this novel – it’s about a fight to the death without a lot of laughs, but perhaps some tender moments.
But there is dark humour in the tone, a bit of “what fools these mortals be”.
Where is the writer who will agree wholeheartedly with a critic’s assessment? He also called the novel compelling and layered, and that’s pretty good.
See a preview of my novel, Underground, in the National Post.