Monthly Archives: April 2014

Who is Gert?

Guy Savage of His Futile Preoccupations has followed up his review of Writing is Easy with an interview with us about Gert and how she operates.  You can read it here:

Literary genres competition winner

It was difficult to choose a winner of our competition: it’s clear that there are many ways of being a horrible father.  However, we decided to award the prize to Chicken Lady at Locust Lane, if only for the almost insane enthusiasm with which she threw herself into the project. Congratulations, Chicken Lady, your bus ticket is in the mail.

Stand by for our next competition, for which the prize is a family ticket to the Nietzsche Fun Park in beautiful Basingstoke, concrete jewel of Britain.

The winner of the equally  prestigious Leacock Medal for Humor, of which we wrote in an earlier post,  is Bill Conall for The Promised Land.  You can read about it here.

It’s already kennelled in Gert’s Kobo.


His Futile Preoccupations

Guy Savage on his blog His Futile Preoccupations has given  Writing is Easy a wonderful review.  You  can read it here

Some other reviews are at

Have cat, will earn

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It had to happen. Patricia Carlin, who wrote the indispensable How to tell if your boyfriend is the Anti-Christ (and if he is, should you break up with him?) has written a book called How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity: A Guide to Financial Freedom.

Cat = Income, it seems, if you know how to brand and market.

As the owner of an exceptionally beautiful cat, when she saw this Gert leapt off the couch like said cat to the sound of the tin-opener and went galumphing down the corridor to order the book. Now to set the plan in motion.


Ghosts (2) – Andrew O’Hagan and Julian Assange


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Gert was amused last year when the memoir of a – well, not famously eloquent – footballer came out with the title In my own words and the byline with (name of ghostwriter). She was reminded of the French film Mensonges et Trahisons in which a ghostwriter is hired to write the autobiography of a famous soccer star.

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