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about me

I write books. Some of them have been published.

My past, my passions, my desires, my experience are irrelevant. My writing stands or falls on its own. But I know a thing or two about things and stuff.

I don't do ordinary, so if you expect conventional story-telling, look elsewhere. You won't find it here. I'm done with convention. Actually, convention and I have never seen eye to eye on much.

Oh, and I am enthusiastic about theatre and especially certain forms of theatre. That's a bit of a clue.

I have been commissioned to write a novel, the first of a series featuring the same protagonist, a la Sharpe. Hence, it will be unlike the two that are posted here.

favourite books

Winnie-the-Pooh by A A Milne
The House at Pooh Corner by A A Milne
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Alice through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
The Thin Red Line by James Jones
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
Whatever You Love by Louise Doughty (a character is named after me)
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick
Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
The Playmaker by Thomas Keneally
The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger
Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman by Angela Carter
Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Amiable Renegade, The Memoirs of Capt. Peter Drake by Peter Drake (1755)
18 Platoon, Sidney Jary
L’Ecole des Armes by Domenico Angelo (1763)
Currahee! by Donald Burgett
The Sword in the Age of Chivalry by Ewart Oakeshott
The Martial Arts of Renaissance Europe by Sidney Anglo
The English Master of Arms by J D Aylwood
All-in Fighting by W E Fairbairn

Travesties by Tom Stoppard
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
The Tempest by William Shakespeare
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
Bouncers by John Godber
Sganarelle by Molière
The Cheats of Scapin by Molière
The Recruiting Officer by George Farquhar
The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster
The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade by Peter Weiss
The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter

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my books

The Spectacle that is Jack Coq....

Arlequin Pigg

You are in the madhouse. You are in a play in the madhouse. The play is about you.

Imagine that. Imagine this.

This is the tragic tale of Jack Coq.


Arlequin, inmate of the House of Mister Finch, concocts a monstrous carnival about a man who is thrown into the madhouse because he knows not who he is. That man is Jack Coq.

Jack speaks in his own vernacular, a mixture of criminal cant as heard in the alleys, and words he makes up. Not everything he says is true. Not everything that happens is real. And not everyone is his friend.

This, then, is a dark fairy tale about what it is to be different, what it is to exist, life, death. Truth.

Taste it.

Feel it.

Be consumed.


one man in his time

Anthony J Saunders

a mortality in twelve revisions

This is not a pitch. Stay off the lawn.

A man walks into a shop. The shop sells books. He can’t leave. He can’t stay. He’s unsure whether he is alive or dead. He is like the people he meets among the books, a character in a book, a fiction.

This is about what it is be alive. It is about a single moment between living and not living, when you understand at a primordial level what life is, a moment that defies words arranged in logical sequences for explication.

one man in his time is an absurdist tale. It’s all real. It’s a true story. Yet, nothing is what it seems. Beware the subtext. It hunts you silently in the dark passages, between the lines and in what is not spoken. It lies in ambush.


I make no apology for any of it.


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Eliza Moon wrote 4 hours ago

Bunting and trumpets and cake. September? This year?? OMG Antony, ....

Eliza Moon wrote 22 hours ago

Ooh I just saw Jahmal's message. They must have! Time for another par....

Eliza Moon wrote 22 hours ago

What is it? Did the publisher say yes to the books?! x

Temulkar wrote 23 hours ago

They have a good idea of your writing from the reference books though....

Temulkar wrote 1 day ago

That's excellent news, and the fact they offered it before you even s....

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I wrote 3 days ago

When I started reading this, I assumed the style of the start was going to be how the novel would continue. But from an almost surreal beginning, the narrative becomes less anarchic and becomes realism. The whole thing lacks structure, however. Even if you want to create something which is structure... view book

I wrote 15 days ago

I read the first story, Escape. For me, the story began at Ch2. The first chapter seemed not altogether pertinent to the narrative, although it does set the context. The first chapter is in the form of explanation rather than narrative. The premise of the story is good and the narrative itself is... view book

I wrote 27 days ago

I was convinced that I had commented on your book ages ago, as promised, but I’ve just discovered that although I read it (well, several chapters), I hadn’t left a comment. Not sure why that is. Sorry about that. You have a strong narrative with ‘big’ characters brought together by unexpected eve... view book

I wrote 29 days ago

Perceptions of reality, perceptions of existence, non-existence, life and death are subjects close to my heart, so for me to discover writing on similar issues to those which are the subject of my own explorations is like stepping into a garden which is both familiar yet unfamiliar. I wonder what mo... view book

I wrote 33 days ago

I’ve now read all you’ve posted. Your premise is good and you capture the feel for the period well. I particularly liked how you dealt with battle, conveying the confusion of combat very well. You describe a caracol well and the impact of cavalry on cavalry contact is convincing. Smoke on seventeent... view book

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