Mark Cantrell, Author

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BLOG: Brexit Blame Game Grips Sinking Britain

Posted by Mark Cantrell on June 26, 2016 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Now it’s all over bar the screaming

Brexit has revealed what sort of country we are – and it isn’t pretty – but we only have ourselves to blame. We were too relaxed about rampant inequality, writes...

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BLOG: English PEN Defends Thatcher 'Assassin' Mantel

Posted by Mark Cantrell on September 27, 2014 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Here's one for the Mantel piece

A plot to assassinate a world leader has landed a British author in a spot of bother, prompting the organisation English PEN to speak up on her behalf.


For those who don't know,

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BLOG: Driven To Distraction

Posted by Mark Cantrell on June 22, 2014 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Clutching at chores

There's a time and a place for everything, but these days a writers' time and headspace are being devoured by a rapacious brood of craft-hungry cuckoos that forever want more MORE – and this blog is one of 'em...

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BLOG: The Makings Of A Debutante

Posted by Mark Cantrell on February 9, 2014 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

First time for everything, if you can find where it starts

In this age of blogs and digital self-publishing, Mark Cantrell is curious to know what exactly constitutes an author's debut these days... 

Lately, I've seen a ...

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BLOG: Aim To Misbehave

Posted by Mark Cantrell on December 2, 2013 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (0)

It's my brand and I'll distract if I want to…

The other day, I read a little piece on the HuffPost that suggests authors shouldn't be writing 'off topic' because in doing so they are distracting from their author 'brand'.


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ESSAY: Destitution By Design Is Surely A Crime

Posted by Mark Cantrell on November 10, 2013 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

It's the quiet ones you've got to watch out for

We've all got a stake in social security, so when it comes to the privations of welfare reform, maybe it's time we got work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith to take the point to hear...

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BLOG: Work Culture

Posted by Mark Cantrell on October 24, 2013 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Coffee and cultists in the Uncanny Valley

THE other day I was having a quiet coffee in a cafe down the road from Manchester Piccadilly station, when a conversation caught my attention - there were corporate cultists in the building.


A few ...

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BLOG: Is Your Boss A Cultist Or A Commissar?

Posted by Mark Cantrell on April 7, 2013 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

When did getting a job become more like

joining a cult?

By Mark Cantrell 

IN 21st Century Britain, employers wouldn't dream of trawling cyberspace for any symptoms of 'disloyalty' to the 'brand', or any other signs of dissenting opinion; this is, after all, a democratic country with a strong civic tradition that has long tolerated differences o...

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ESSAY: Technology Or Bust

Posted by Mark Cantrell on September 22, 2012 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Is silence digital in the

ghost-written revolution?

By Mark Cantrell

AS authors, indeed as readers, we are in our own ways informal custodians of a literary culture that stretche...

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BLOG: Olympics Farewell

Posted by Mark Cantrell on August 12, 2012 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

A curmudgeon to the end,

but didn't the athletes do well?

Mark Cantrell confesses to being an Olympics cynic, but all the same he applauds the sporting prowess demonstrated by the athletes: they put sincerity and spirit into an otherwise corporate festival of bread and circus

For the record, I'm an Olympics curmudgeon and thoroughly unapologetic about my lack of suitable patriotic ...

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VIEWPOINT: Editing Matters

Posted by Mark Cantrell on July 18, 2012 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Editors are not the enemy of good fiction

A good editor wants the same thing as a good author - and that's to make a novel the best it can be. So stop being so precious about it, writes Mark Cantrell


THERE'S seldom a book written that doesn't benefit from the fresh eye of an editor, but prior to the emergence of the Indie publishing scene, this truth was probably little known - or at least little regarded - by the readin...

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ARTICLE: Floodgates Of Indie Publishing

Posted by Mark Cantrell on June 16, 2012 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Let the wordsmiths flow

As the nascent Indie publishing scene develops, its greatest challenge is not just to win the battle for respectability, writes Mark Cantrell - but also to avoid becoming a pale imitation of the big publishing corporates

YEARS ago, I wrote that the "floodgates should be opened to a deluge of talent" and now it appears to be happening, but not in the way that I ever envisaged. It's kind of scary, but exciting t...

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