So who is the greatest living writer?

So who is the greatest living writer? 

So who do you think is the greatest living author?

My nominations would be:

Margaret Atwood

Haruki Murakami

Kasuo Ishiguro

Ian McEwan

Salman Rushdie

Julian Barnes

Sebastian Faulks

So who have I missed out? And what would your choices be?

A big thank you to all the people who have bought an Opher book recently!

A big thank you to all the people who have bought an Opher book recently!

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A big personal thank you to all of you who have purchased one of my books recently. I hope you love them and give them a good home!

Please leave a review on Amazon if you enjoyed it – I’d love to hear your comments. It keeps me going!!! You make all the long hours of writing worthwhile!

If you would like to purchase this novel (or any of my other books) you can get it/them from Amazon.

I write under the pennames Opher Goodwin, Ron Forsythe and Christopher Goodwin.

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Books I have read recently.

Books I have read recently.

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You can tell a lot about a person by the books they read and the music they listen to. I haven’t had too much time for reading lately because I’ve been writing such a lot. But reading has brought as much pleasure to me as sex. I don’t like to think of a world without music and books. If the fundamentalists ever take over and start burning books I’d have to martyr myself in the cause.

These then are the books I have been reading this year. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed them all. Though some more than others. Colin Wilson was a bit disappointing and much as I adore Son House, the book on him was not brilliant and wrong in places.

175. The Martian Andy Weir
176. Afterlife Colin Wilson
177. Revolution Russell Brand
178. The buried giant Kasuo Ishiguro
179. Sons and lovers D H Lawrence
180. Women Charles Bukowski
181. Collected stories Philip K Dick
182. Murder on the Marco polo Clive Leatherdale
183. The colour purple Maya Angelou
184. Reader Noam Chomski
185. Magic seeds V S Naipal
186. Notes from a small island Bill Bryson
187. Tortilla flat John Steinbeck
188. The heart goes first Margaret Atwood
189. Finding Son House Richard Shade Gardner
190. The big over easy Jasper Fforde
191. Lost in a good book Jasper Fforde

Six Ways To Self-Edit and Polish Your Prose

Six Ways To Self-Edit & Polish Your Prose

Some great advice for writers.

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Whether you are new to writing or an old pro, brushing up on the basics is always helpful. Because no matter how GOOD the story is? If the reader is busy stumbling over this stuff, it ruins the fictive dream and she will never GET to the story. So today we are going to cover six ways to self-edit your fiction. Though this stuff might seem like a no-brainer, I see these blunders ALL the time.

….unfortunately even in (legacy) published books.

When I worked as an editor, I found it frustrating when I couldn’t even GET to the story because I was too distracted by these all too common oopses.

There are many editors who charge by the hour. If they’re spending their time fixing oopses you could’ve easily repaired yourself? You’re burning cash and time. Yet, correct these problems, and editors can more easily get to the MEAT…

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Quantum Fever – Ready for Publication!

Quantum Fever is my latest Sci-fi novel. It is now edited and fully rewritten for the seventh time.

I am having a last read through before putting it in for publication! All very exciting!

I will start the process tomorrow!

So watch this space!

Poetry – Books – An idle dream, a fantasy, of multitudes of readers.

Poetry – Books – An idle dream, a fantasy, of multitudes of readers.

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This is my latest poetry book. It can be found on Amazon.

I wrote this poem for Anna and her vision of hundreds of lorries carrying my books around the country. I did not think that would ever happen. My vision was for a lonely moped delivering a solitary parcel to the back of beyond – a single book for my kindred spirit.


I write books. I say what I think and put it as clearly as I can. I attempt to write well, to engage the reader’s mind. For me there has to be purpose, depth and meaning. Why else write?

As a writer am I merely part of the entertainment industry?

I think not.

I am an artist who paints with words. I tell stories with a purpose, with integrity and authenticity. I do not write for a commercial market. I write for discerning readers who want content.

Yet we can all dream.

What is the point of writing if there is no audience? If no ape is saved? No hatred melted into love? No chuckles forthcoming or hearts touched? It there is nobody to wonder what will happen next? No tree unchopped? No mind engaged?

Perhaps, one day, everyone will want to buy my latest book? Perhaps they will love turning the pages and avidly digest the product of my imagination? Perhaps they, in their multitudes, will declare me a genius, appoint me world leader and look to me to save the planet from the madness that is consuming it? Perhaps I will top the best-seller lists and win the Nobel Prize for literature? Perhaps more people will read an Opher book than any other book? Perhaps they will laugh, cry and be intrigued and their lives will be changed? Perhaps they will have to build more presses, more lorries and more trains?

But then who wants all that?

The reality is that I hope to connect with like-minded people who are intelligent, interested and alternative – artists, writers, dancers, musicians and dreamers. People who enjoy a story and are as concerned and interested as I myself am.

One book sold to a kindred spirit is worth a truckload of trite.

But I can still dream.






Orders down the lines they pour

As through the night the presses roar.

Into boxes neatly packed.

Onto pallets tightly stacked.

Into lorries, on to trains

And off down the tracks again.


Convoys trundle down motorway –

Huge loads of books to convey

To eager people who wait

To hear the rattle at their gate.


Best seller lists record the score

As books are sold to rich and poor.

Everything is put aside

As the pages open wide.

Avid eyes devour the text

Wondering what is coming next.

A smile, a nod an excited mind

Delighting in what it is they find.


The planet is saved and peace reigns

As Opher’s message is obtained.

The hatred dies and birth rate dips

As Opher’s logic passes from lips to lips

Chimps, whales and rhinos heave a sigh

Safe again under unpolluted sky.

All is well and happy once more

As Opher touches to the core.


But wait!


The alarm rings

And kettle sings.

Awake again

Different refrain.


Down some lane a lonely moped bumps

Driven by a woman down in the dumps.

Such a long way to have to go

A dreary ride through rain and snow

To deliver one lonely pack

Then to the depot heads off back.


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The voyage to the end of the world – Treasures of South America on the Marco polo

The voyage to the end of the world – Treasures of South America on the Marco polo


I have just completed my first draft of my latest book. I have decided, following Dave Kingsbury’s encouragement, to write up the tale of my voyage to South America. It was an outstanding experience, full of fun, adventure and thought provoking observation. I think it makes for an interesting read.

I have called it :-

The voyage to the end of the world –

Treasures of South America on the Marco Polo in 2016

I’m now selecting the photos to go in it. I have lots of decisions to make. I want to put lots of the colour photos in but if I do it as a large book with colour it will bump the price up. I always keep my cut to around a £1 but production costs take the bulk of the cost.

A normal size black and white would lose the impact of the photos but would be cheaper. What do you think?

Meanwhile –

Here are a few of my books. They are available on Amazon in both paperback and on kindle.

Anecdotes – paperback just £6.95  Kindle – just £1.99 or free on Kindle Unlimited

More Anecdotes – paperback just £7.29  Kindle – just £2.12 or free on Kindle Unlimited

My other books are also available. There is some unique to suit most tastes if you like something thought provoking and alternative.

The State of Play with my current Writing projects!

There is so much happening on the writing front!  I seem to find myself with a whole series of projects. It is becoming hard to juggle them all. I’m suffering from lack of seconds!

  1. Quantum Fever – this Sci-fi novel has been through its seventh edit and is awaiting the return from my editor next Tuesday. I am confident that there will only be minor changes. It should soon be complete!

2.  Neanderthal – this Sc-fi novel has come back from its third edit and rewrite and is not far off completion.

3.  Schizoid – this is a new Sci-fi novel. I have started making notes and planning. I have also written the opening pages. It is the sequel to Quantum Fever. I like where this is going. It is already exciting me.

4. Nick Harper – The Wilderness Years. This is complete. It was going to be properly laid out as a coffee table book but that has taken too long. So I have decided to put it out as a limited edition paperback. It is completed. All I have to do is have a last read through to see if there is anything I want to update.

5. Roy Harper – In Search of Roy Harper – I originally wrote this as Ruminating on Roy Harper but it was felt that the writing did not work. It was a tirade of stream of consciousness. So I am rewriting it into a different format, a different style of writing, which will be easier for the reader. I’m about a third of the way through.

6. My 16th Book of Poetry – now over a third complete. An ongoing exercise. As I produce poems for my blog I store them in a form that enables me to adapt into a book. It is ongoing. I enjoy these.

So, that brings you up to date with my writing. My last two books – my book of poems – Dark Matters for Dark Ages and The Universe in Shorts – are available on Amazon, as are my other novels and books (check out Opher Goodwin and Ron Forsythe (my pen name for Sci-fi).

Thank you for supporting a rebel writer!! I hope all those who have purchased one of my books are enjoying them immensely. Please help me out and leave a review!!

Thank you!!

Quantum Fever – the back cover blurb.

Quantum Fever is a disease of people who jump the weird reaches of quantum space.

Is Tahsin Roeg suffering from Quantum Fever or is ‘the Consortium’ seeking to control her?

What of the alien planet she discovers?

Were ‘the Primitives’ going to achieve their dream?

The name of the game is expansion and profit.