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Bampot [Wednesday Word]

Bampot [noun]  Insane person, nutter

In honour of my home nation of bampots voting Thursday. #indyref

Portsmouth Fairy Tales launch

Portsmouth Fairy Tales is a collection of wild and wonderful stories by talented friends of mine, ranging from the futuristic to the fatalistic, from memoir to noir. It features crime writers, fairy tales, magic realism, science fiction, a wolf, a whale, a frog, a flea and an elephant on Southsea beach.

Picture by Nick Ingamells

Sergeant Lawless

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Writer [Wednesday Word]

Writer: a peculiar organism capable of transforming caffeine into books.

It was via Pinterest I found this definition of our unruly trade. I was testing its veracity today  where this exquisite flat white blew my head off. The best

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Numpty [the Wednesday Word]

Scotland. As a dreich afternoon in Perthshire reflects the current dark pallor of the nation’s mood, gorged on intoxicating rhetoric and hot referendum debates, it seems apt to share a word dear to all Scots to decribe their enemies, their friends, and most of all themselves.

Courtesy of a Scots dictionary tea towel purchased at the mighty Gretna Green services. Along

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Dancing on the Dead

Campbell Lawless is having a few sneaky outings between novels. Thanks to performances and magazines, Lawless has ventured into the short fiction format, encountering Delinquents in Pentonville, Pickpockets at Piccadilly, and Three tasty little Piglets in Portsmouth’s Spice Island. These will be collected anon into a tidy little volume, and the Portsmouth Fairy Tales contributions may be heard in Portsmouth

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Bookish terminology [the Wednesday word]

Do you book shimmy? Here is some bookish terminology culled from the nice people at

I particularly recognise the book shimmy. Ooh. Mmm.

And Book Hangover is the excuse I gave my philosophy teacher at a 9am tutorial after reading 100 Years of Solitude all night instead of writing my essay.

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Blooming Flowers

For those awaiting Lawless and the Flowers of Sin, which was due to be published on 1st August 2014, my apologies. The publisher AngryRobot has withdrawn their whole crime imprint Exhibit A.

Despite this untimely delay, we hope to secure a publisher soon for ever so contemporary tale of Victorian salacity. Lawless and the Devil of Euston Square garnered fans on

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Lost verbs [the Wednesday Word]

onsra   to love for the last time

In this occasional series on vocabularies lost and overlooked, I shall explore slang old and new, borrowed words, malapropisms, spoonerisms, inspirations for my Victorian urchins’ fruity expression and inspirations for different ways of thinking.

Today’s word falls in two remarkable categories: words from another language that express something we cannot express so economically, and

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Crime Traveller

Thoughts written for Red Herrings magazine and posted by the Crime Readers Assocation.

Crime Traveller

William Sutton


I used to envy modern linguists swanning off for their third year abroad. I studied Classics; I wished I could take a sabbatical in ancient Athens or Rome. Years later, when I ran away to Brazil, I never imagined that

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Mapmaking for Flowers

I love a map. This is the way we make a map, we scribble thoughts, we steal ideas, we try out fonts and scrunch them up, then beg for help from those who know, and finally when the map is done, it welcomes the reader into the book. Come hither, it cries, for I am a friendly guide into uncharted territories where you shall, perhaps, meet some of these oddlooking fellows.

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