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I first began writing poetry and short stories at school, then university but mainly through subsequent life experience. My poetry has been published in poetry magazines and more recently in six book compilations by United Press. My ambition is have a volume of poetry, short stories and novels published.

favourite books

On the Road - Jack Kerouac
Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand
The Third Man - Graham Greene
Naked Lunch - William Burroughs
Sophie's Choice - William Styron
I Clavdius/Clavdius the God - Robert Graves
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Illiad - Homer
Artificial Paradise - Charles Baudelaire
Crash - J. G. Ballard
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Muriel Spark
The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler
Siddhartha - Herman Hesse
The Doors of Perception/Heaven & Hell - Aldous Huxley
Breakfast at Tiffany's - Truman Capote
American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis
Apocalypse - D. H Lawrence
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
Nineteen Eight-Four - George Orwell
The Maltese Falcon - Dashiell Hammett
Death in Venice - Thomas Mann
Thus Spoke Zarathustra - Friedrich Nietzsche
The Woman in Black - Susan Hill
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - John Le Carre
The Getaway - Jim Thompson
The Night of the Iguana - Tennessee Williams
Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka
Therese Raquin - Emile Zola

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Clive Radford

Which famous Cold War era British politician suspected to be a Soviet mole, still evaded being arrested by MI5?

KGB Colonel Dimitry Zavrazin arranges defection to the West for his family and him with MI5 agent Craig Faulkner. In exchange, Zavrazin will bring a dossier with him identifying a prominent Establishment figure, codename Arrow Eye, to be a Soviet spy.

In making the deal a reality, Zavrazin becomes subject to a full scale KGB manhunt when he begins his escape westward from East Berlin, his family already safe in England.

After a firefight at a MI5 London safe house, the dossier disappears. Based on what little MI5 know about Arrow Eye, spycatcher Peter Wright knits together disparate information strands, proposing the true identity of the Soviet mole to Faulkner.


1: 26th September 1958
2: Son of the Revolution
3: Red Army Hero
4: Reign of Terror
5: Chance Meeting
6: A Significant Change of Role
7: Cold War Beginnings
8: Mantrap and Arrow Eye
9: London Rendezvous
10: Moscow Central
11: The Augustus Message
12: Escape Preparations
13: Crimea Extraction
14: Berlin Crossing
15: Westward Bound
16: Sabotage and Deception
17: KGB Convoy Pursuit
18: Safe House
19: Arrow Eye Unmasked


Doghouse Blues

Clive Radford

So you think you have unexpected issues to resolve? Read about Roger Fraser and you’ll soon find your problems pale in comparison!

Roger Fraser is convinced he is cursed by unforeseen situations which constantly bring his integrity into disrepute, especially in social situations. His family think he is gaff prone, but if they could see him in the business arena, they would find Roger is an unassailable trouble-shooter, trampling on Essex boy traders, and solving delicate problems with aplomb. Join the Fraser family and their assorted band of odd-ball friends and work colleagues, as our hero steers his way through some tricky situations, but nonetheless, always seems to get the rough end of the pineapple and ends up licking his wounds in the doghouse.


1: Prologue
2: Art for Arts Sake
3: Dongle Hell
4: Hoax Call
5: The Welsh Milking Maid
6: Garden Party
7: Lady Macbeth
8: Valentine
9: The Yorkshire Butchers
10: The Laird of West Lothian
11: Cousin Barry
12: The Ayatollah's Fundraiser
13: Stag Party
14: Guatemala
15: The Forgotten Birthday
16: The Parents
17: The Boyfriend
18: The Big Lebowski
19: The Happening
20: The Babe Magnet
21: Greenwich Park


The Sounds of Silence

Clive Radford

With the scientist’s sperm, can the human race survive in a post-holocaust grave new world on Maggie’s Farm?

Set in 1985. Jon and Carolyn Redford enjoy a carefree, fun-filled lifestyle in Kent County, with friends Gavin and Melanie Maynard.

While on holiday in Cornwall, the Redfords encounter a soothsayer who predicts a bleak future for mankind. The foursome then note some unexplained changes in the behaviour of wild animals and migrating birds, which seems to give credence to the prediction.

Then a terrorist outrage in South Africa leads to similar major atrocities in Israel and India. As détente fails, a global nuclear war becomes sparked off by an unforeseen source, leading to the superpowers exchanging H bomb punches like drunken boxers.

Two of the friends perish in the inferno of Holocaust night. Two are left to face the aftermath of a barren, sterile world. Soon it is down to one.


1 Overture and Beginners
2 Prelude
3 Concurrence and Denial
4 Recognition
5 Conflict
6 Escalation
7 Subconscious Retreat
8 Holocaust
9 Aftermath
10 Grave New World
11 Familiar Face
12 Maggie’s Farm
13 Reclamation
14 South America Calling
15 The Scientist’s Sperm
16 Remembrance
17 Underture and Exit
18 Epilogue
19 Appendix 1: Nuclear Holocaust Causes


One Night in Tunisia

Clive Radford

Set against the Blair-Brown years, Poseidon’s crew has an unexpected encounter with an asylum seeker in Tunis, which profoundly affects all their futures.

On sojourn, Glyn Sumner and his comrades voyage around the Med on Poseidon, a fast schooner. They find solace away from the ever imposing regulations and sterility of Blighty, and experience transcendence and seminal life in North African ports.

Tunis brings bewildering confrontations for the crew with Saleh, an Ethiopian asylum seeker, suspected of involvement with Muslim terrorists, and Colonel Nassar, Chief of Police. It sharpens Glyn’s focus regarding what’s happening back in Blighty.

Off Sicily, Poseidon witnesses an asylum seeker sea rescue by the coast guard. Poseidon’s crew wonders if Saleh is on board, or whether he is shaking hands with Neptune. They also ponder if they are also crossing over to the dark side, with Priest’s dystopia vision just around the corner.


1 Unexpected Encounter
2 The Die is Cast
3 Realisation
4 Ship's Company
5 A Martyr in the Making
6 Embarkation
7 Sages and Seers
8 Searching for Passage
9 Escapism
10 Spying on Poseidon's Crew
11 Into the Tunis Night
12 The Police Station
13 Majid's Cruiser
14 Back on Poseidon
15 Final Brush with Neptune
16 Appendix 1 Poseidon


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John J. Lawrence wrote 5 days ago

Hello Clive, Congratulations! Check out my new comic strip on goc....

Ildrinn wrote 6 days ago

Hi Clive, Thanks for that. That's really quick actually. I'm jus....

Ildrinn wrote 8 days ago

Thanks. Just wondering, how long was it between signing your contrac....

Gideon McLane wrote 9 days ago

Bookshelf for interesting read. Suggestion: change chapter one to a....

Ildrinn wrote 13 days ago

Hi Clive, I believe you're being published by Black Rose Writing, ....

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I wrote 42 days ago

In Alvina and Jed, author Katherine Ferrier has successfully created a thrilling adventure based romance. Like the heroines created in ‘Gone With the Wind’ by Margaret Mitchell and ‘Rebecca’ by Daphne du Maurier, Alvina the main protagonist is subject to endless trials and tribulations in the period... view book

I wrote 43 days ago

Superb classic style venture that hooks the reader immediately. 5 stars and backed. Clive Radford Zavrazin view book

I wrote 207 days ago

Author Lenny Banks carries on from Tide and Time: At The Rock (which I also read, rated highly and backed) with a further instalment of self-help in Take Care:On The Rock. Where the latter differs from the former, is that the author has further honed his understanding of the subject matter, and ther... view book

I wrote 207 days ago

Unusual and fresh take on the vampire genre. Setting the transformation from human to vampire on board a slave ship must be unique, and thereby instantly engages the reader. Author Sinara Ellis builds the story with verve and dash. This is an enterprising opening to what should be a spellbinding ... view book

I wrote 207 days ago

Very engaging pre-World War 1 piece, slightly reminiscent of When the Boat Comes In, in terms of theme, and in the style, of a D. H Lawrence novel from that period. There is a rustic and tangible feel to both the narrative and the characters. The reader can't help but feel empathy for the plight of... view book

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