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This is a blog about books and writing in which, I hope, the emphasis isn’t too much on me but instead is on books and writing generally. You’ll see a roll of book-related pages which, if you’re reading this on your PC, will be on the right and, if you’re reading on a tablet, phone or other device could be anywhere.  You’ll know where to find it on your screen!

The latest News and Chat is in the And to Begin section, while older pieces are filed under JottingsWriters may like to look at some musings on the writers’ life (mainly but not exclusively Crime Writers) collated as We Writers or at the How To Write A Damn Good Novel section, while pretty well anyone interested in books (and if you’re not, why are you here?) might take a peek at some attractive Ephemera of the Book Trade, a selection of Victorian Writers & Poets, some examples of Victorian Ways or the Have You Met? section, introducing some curious literary characters. And don’t forget Life, the World and Everything. Why not flick over and take a look?

But why am I telling you this, when with one simple click you can see any of these sections for yourself?

CWA Members BadgeIn summary then, this is a blog for writers and readers, for people who love books. (Though if you do want to know a little more about me or about any of my 20 or so books, check my website at Russell James ).

Meanwhile . . . What am I writing now?

Another non-crime book.  (I write crime, general and historical fiction, and non-fiction too.)  But at present I’m on the second draft of a story about forbidden love in the Victorian church – provisionally called “The Price of Passion“.  Will it be ready for Christmas?  I really don’t know.  (Yes, I know: if I don’t know, who does?)

So perhaps the best thing you can do for now is: read one of my others!


MOTHER NAKED is available as a paperback from Amazon: H E R E
Kindle downloads of all my books can be had direct from Amazon: Russell James page
And you can watch the glorious (3-minute) video trailer, one that has Hollywood agog, right HERE!


For this novel I wrote a diary of my sometimes halting progress and put it up on line in a Writer’s Diary. Each week’s entry would take less than a minute to read – and the whole thing is still there. You have only to click here.


Most of my books, including those in Kindle versions, can be found at Amazon, by clicking here: Amazon

Whatever else you do, please check back in to BOOKS MATTER from time to time. You never know what you’ll find.

Russell James

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