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Colin Neville

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I'm been editing a book of short stories on the theme of childhood: 'Child in Me', contributed by mainly published authors from 'Authonomy' and 'Write Words', with all profits from sales going to a UK children's charity (The Grandparents' Association). This was published by FeedaRead in October 2013, with an e-version on Kindle.

I've had three works on this site: 'Damaged Goods', a collection of short stories; a radio play ('Limbo'); and a novel,'Millstone', published last year.

Before writing fiction, I had four non-fiction books published on education and local history topics.

I left school as soon as I could and worked as a paraffin salesman, clerk, railway cop, village bobby, careers adviser, and community worker before getting my head and education act together as a mature student through the Open University and their degree study programmes.
So for the last 20+ years until my retirement in 2013, I worked as a lecturer in a UK university.

When not writing, I'm to be found in my garden, walking on Ilkley Moor (I live in Yorkshire, near Bradford), growing and cooking food, looking after grand-children, i.e. stopping them wrecking the joint, and working as a volunteer writer for a local literary festival and oral history project.

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Happy New Year Colin.

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I wrote 532 days ago

A mixture of the very real, and surreally bonkers, but all united by Sharda's sure-footed and pleasing prose. I agree with the comments made about 'Not just Cricket' : an under-stated and dignified story; but my favourite was the last : 'Bear Hug'. Why so? For its gentle humour, playful use o... view book

I wrote 569 days ago

Ben. I re-read the first two chapters after your revisions and found them to be tighter and sharper than I remembered from my first read (35 days ago). My earlier comments about the originality of the premise still apply. Good start to this novel. Do you need 'Melissa!' repeated twice in close su... view book

I wrote 581 days ago

There is a good balance of dialogue and story, the pace is brisk, and the plot contemporary and interesting. In particular, it catches the stress of living in an unhappy and even dysfunctional household. You caught the tension very well indeed between the parents, as well as the snobbishness ... view book

I wrote 583 days ago

This was a fast-paced and well-written account of how life is like a house of cards, and how things can suddenly change for the worse or better. Dave's fortunes in Marbella rise, fall and appear to be on the rise again when we leave the story at the end of ch. 5, but clearly - from the long pitch -... view book

I wrote 584 days ago

The character of Althea in this book is interesting and intriguing and the dream sequence was an effective hook and way into the chapter. I also liked the relationship between sister and brother, and you capture their sense of closeness and their lives in a country community. The premise of the bo... view book

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