A note for all seasons

A note for all seasons

Taking notes. It’s one of the things most us have been doing since we learned to write. An apparently simple everyday task without which lots of good ideas will vanish, forgotten. When I was a newspaper reporter note-taking in my rotten shorthand was something I did...
The Times reviews Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

The Times reviews Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

Audiobooks are the poor cousin of the writing world in some ways. Popular as they are with listeners they rarely get reviewed. Happily The Times (or the London Times to those of your abroad) feels them sufficiently important to run a weekly audiobook review. I’m...
The House of Dolls optioned for Dutch TV

The House of Dolls optioned for Dutch TV

As you can imagine I’m both excited and flattered by the official announcement of the optioning of the first Pieter Vos book by one of Europe’s leading media companies for Dutch TV. It was quite something to have a Dutch publisher pre-launch. To get the TV...
Hamlet: to collaborate or not to collaborate?

Hamlet: to collaborate or not to collaborate?

Another question the two of us — that’s me and A.J Hartley my co-conspirator — get asked a lot. How do we collaborate? Is it a well-planned, high-tech logistical exercise? Do we fight much? How do you work out who does what? This is pretty easy to...
So you think you know Shakespeare?

So you think you know Shakespeare?

One of the fascinating aspects in adapting Macbeth and Hamlet was the discovery that lots of things I thought I knew about Shakespeare were wrong. We carry with us a kind of Bard template in our heads, a fixed idea of what the stories are about and who the characters...