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Author: Adam

The Enemy Within

‘I think, therefore I am’. When Descartes made this famous statement, he was claiming proof of his existence, rather than making a random observation about what went on in his head. Leaving aside the existential issue, which could consume several volumes on its own and still remain unresolved, let’s examine the first part of the proposition; ‘I think.’ Neuroscience can…

On the nature of being

Life is hard – or maybe it’s just that being human we naturally make it harder. Reflecting back over a particularly difficult year, I should feel blessed to have gained valuable insight into this, my lifelong condition. But blessed in what context? Perhaps, like someone who’s discovered the lifeboats on a sinking ship and now has the means to save…

Murder, mayhem and chocolate digestives

The French term folie a deux was used originally to describe two people who shared a common psychosis. It literally means ‘the madness of two.’ Individuals who have this condition somehow manage to pass on their delusions to a third party, and the two go on to act out the symptoms in tandem. More recently, the term has been used in certain…

An ode to blue biro

How long is a piece of string? Or, to rephrase the question, how many times should I go over this crusty old manuscript before it resembles a novel? There is no definitive answer to this, but regarding a strategy, my personal weapon of choice is the common or garden blue biro. The art of rewrite is a strange thing. Unlike…

Bring out your dead

On Saturday August 29, thousands of people gathered together in Trafalgar Square to protest government policy over Covid-19 and its implications for the future of mankind. Months of confusion, mixed messages and inept handling has resulted in an atmosphere of fear and alienation, and a threat to worldwide security the like of which has never before been seen. How did…

Manic Depression

Imagine the best day you ever had then times it by ten. This might bring you close, but it wouldn’t gain you entry into the ballpark known as mania. Those of us who’ve scaled such heights know what it means to live among the gods and be gifted with superhuman powers – albeit temporarily. Mania is a place of mystical…

Firestarter

Contrary to popular belief, the Emperor Nero did not fiddle while Rome burned. In fact, way back in AD 64 the instrument in question had yet to be invented. But one question has always divided the historians. Did the consummate artist and supreme head of state really have a hand in the blaze that destroyed two-thirds of the City? History…

Limitless

Ambition is a hard road to walk and an even harder road to navigate when you’re prone to stumbling. Many things can hold you back. Sleep deprivation. The sniper in the mind that takes great delight in attacking you when you’re down. People who aren’t what they seem. All these and more can undermine the most resilient personality, leaving you…

Drowning by Numbers

‘Drowning by Numbers’ was first published in 2014. It charts indie-musician Joe E Byron’s descent into alcohol and drug addiction and the impact this has on his family and friends. Writing it wasn’t easy – I had to draw on some of my own experiences to authenticate the text, and worked through countless drafts to find the right voice. What…

The Butterfly Collector

‘What happens when everything you have is not enough?’ I first penned The Butterfly Collector in 2007 in a couple of hardback notebooks. It started, as most of my novels do, with a single idea – in this case, a couple meeting for the first time in the kitchen at a party. Peter Calliet is a property developer who has all…