Blog

Welcome to the blog, which I’ll do my best to update every week. Sometimes I’ll post one of my newspaper columns – now largely featuring the vexed questions of married life, getting older and coping with lockdown – and sometimes it’ll be news and views on my writing, or writing in general. I’m also aware that a few people who read my books would like to write their own books, so from time to time I’ll write some ‘advice’ posts as well…
Mark Richards

The Blame Game

You’ll remember where we left it last week. I was down on my knees mopping up cream. Lizzie was earning a huge number of brownie points by helping. My wife? She’d fled the scene. It wasn’t just the kitchen floor. Her jeans and her jumper had also received a generous helping of single cream. One […]

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The Cream Rises

As you may recall, my wife was a touch hyper last week. Lizzie was coming to visit and a decree had gone out from Caesar that the house was to be made spotless. Naturally I played my part. Although the old short term memory must be playing up again – I can’t quite remember what […]

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The Cleanest Clean

I received a generous dollop of Cold Tongue Pie the other night. I broke a dinner plate. But it wasn’t for that. Nope, it was because I broke the wrong dinner plate… “I’ve broken a plate,” I confessed, already reaching for the hair-shirt. My wife went into the kitchen. “You’ve broken the wrong one,” she […]

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Smoke on the Ceiling

I was on the phone. And I was fighting a losing battle. “The book about Pepper is in Germany,” I said. “What did you say?” came the reply. “All I can hear is a guitar.” I finally made myself understood. My wife looked up from the other side of the dining room table. “Are you […]

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It’s Wasted on the Young

The window’s open. Cars are whizzing up and down the road outside. ‘Lockdown? Rings a bell, mate. Just remind me will you…’ But I can’t complain. Lockdown has been good to me. I’ve been out walking every day. I’m fitter – I may even be one of the few people in the country who’s lost […]

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The Twist or the Tango?

Well, I’ve done it. Given birth. Again. That’s baby no. 7 safely delivered. Pepper, Tales of a Family Dog is now scampering around Amazon and available on the Kindle. Given birth? For a man, it’s an exact analogy. You can’t back out, you know it’s going to hurt at times. And that final feeling of […]

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Pasta al Vomito

Let’s say you’re writing a novel. You fall into one of two camps. You’re a plotter – or a pantser. You either plot it all out beforehand, or you fly by the seat of your pants. Isn’t cooking just the same? You either plot it out – follow Delia’s recipe and do as you’re told […]

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Future Writing Plans

With the exception of 2017 – when Alex was doing his A-levels and the First Serious Girlfriend was on the scene – we’ve done a walk, followed by my book about the walk, every year since 2016. This year we’d planned to go to Italy and walk the Via degli Dei from Bologna to Florence. […]

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Locked Down in Yoga Pants

As you know, I like a good rant from time to time. When lockdown started it was EE. About 594 companies e-mailed to tell me how much they cared, but it was EE that sent me over the edge. “Look at this. They’re putting the prices up. Using some special measure of inflation known only […]

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