Here’s another post from one of my fellow authors on The Box Under The Bed. Her story is a clever tale of a man with a certain attitude towards women getting his ‘come uppance’. Couldn’t be more topical just now. If you are one of the 2500 people who downloaded the digital edition whilst it was free the other day, you are in for a treat. Do please show your gratitude by telling all your friends about it and drop a review on Amazon and Goodreads. Source: Kidney Collection: I’d rather be the worst of the best than silent. Continue reading Kidney Collection: I’d rather be the worst of the best than silent.
Yesterday I posted an extract in which two people discuss the possibility that a third might be a paedophile. In this second extract the accuser recalls an incident involving a radio DJ when she was 14. “He was staying in a small guest house just off the promenade. He invited us in. Got us dancing. I didn’t like the way he started groping us. We were lucky. He didn’t try to stop us when we ran out.” She resumed that business with the front of her jeans. Smoothing, scratching, smoothing. He guessed there must be something else. A memory too … Continue reading Aftermath of abuse: Transgression extract #2
The idea for writing Transgression came about as a result of the original revelations about Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall. A writer’s friend is accused of being a paedophile. In this brief extract, the writer discusses the prospect with his partner. “You’re very quiet,” Connie said. “I was just thinking about what Sally said. You know, that if her father was much older than Madge he was probably a paedo who couldn’t stop himself, that there are probably other victims out there.” “Like all those women who came forward after Jimmy Savile was outed?” “I suppose, yes. And then all … Continue reading Turning a Blind Eye: Another Novel Extract
Re-blogged from Jennifer Young’s author page “Frank Parker, I salute you. You’re an extraordinarily versatile writer.” http://jenniferyoungauthor.blogspot.ie/2016/01/book-chat-versatility-in-genre.html?showComment=1452169244185#c2115513123389332777 The author of several romance novels and the intriguing “Looking for Charlotte” has posted about two of my books. I feel quite flattered by her generous praise. Continue reading More praise from an established author
I began writing my first novel in the summer of 2010. I had been living in Ireland for a little under 4 years and had been reading about the history of migration of Irish people, whether the consequence of famine, punishment by ‘transportation’ to the antipodes, or simply the search for a better life. One of several books that I read dealing with the subject was a slim volume telling the true story of a young man who, at the age of 19 in 1895, traveled from his family home in the Irish Midlands to North America. After a spell … Continue reading Adoption: a Recurring Theme
In my previous post I talked a lot about Roger, the principle protagonist in my latest novel, Transgression. It is time now to tell you a little about some of the other characters in the book. Douglas is a voyeur. A characteristic I am ashamed to say he shares with me. Unlike me, he has the arrogance to believe that he is entitled to go beyond ogling and make unwelcome advances towards any woman to whom he is attracted. He has no compunction about using his power as a Member of the British Parliament to take advantage of the many … Continue reading Not Asking for It
I think I was in my late twenties when I first became aware of the possibility of oral sex. Does that make me unusual? On the contrary, I believe I am typical of my generation. The circumstance of my initiation into the world of oral-genital contact was the showing of a black and white porn film in a neighbour’s living room, sometime in 1969 or ’70. The wives were at a Tupperware party, or something of the kind. My immediate reaction was one of disgust. I could not believe that ordinary folk would behave like that. It seemed perverted, … Continue reading Sex in the 1950s
I used to be broadly opposed to Mary Whitehouse and her kind for the way they railed against the depiction of anything to do with sexual behaviour on the stage, on TV or movie screens, or in music and literature. I wished they would turn their attention to violence. Now I am less certain. I still hate to see violence depicted in the arts unless in such a way as to show the futility of it. In my view far too many television series, movies and computer games glorify violent behaviour of the most extreme kind. Why are they not … Continue reading Paedophiles: blame my generation