Thursday, 6 October 2011

Extract of Sparrow

No, not the latest gastronomic delight from one of the army of today's chefs who spend their time not on cooking but on arranging mutilated vegetables and fragments of meat in artistic patterns on a plate or slate or lump of driftwood before drizzling balsamic fuel over them and scraping a smear of something along the edge of the confection. This is a wee experiment. I've recorded another extract from The Sparrow Conundrum and thought it would be a good idea to embed it in the blog. You may or may not agree but, for those of you with time to spare, you can click the play button at the top of the column on the right and listen. I'm sure you'll let me know the wisdom or otherwise of the initiative. It's the moment when, having had his garden (and a relief postman) blown up, Chris Machin (aka Sparrow) is visited by the sociopathic Detective Inspector Lodgedale as he's eating breakfast.

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  1. How fabulous! Keep it (now how'd you do that?)

    btw even with my sorry internet I can download and listen to this perfectly.

  2. Ahh, I see. Now Michael, needs to put a voice to that sexy poem he just posted. What do you say ladies? That was a brilliant selection, too, Bill.

  3. Thanks both. It's dead easy Marley. You make your recording, save it on your computer. Then register at (it's free) and upload your file. Then you can click on the button that says 'share', copy the embed code and add it as a gadget. If you try it and have difficulties, let me know and I'll spell it all out more carefully. But if I can do it, anyone can.

  4. Bill - that's a great idea, but you have the voice to go with it! Might look into that eventually.

  5. In he light of your recent launch and reading, Rosemary, your readers will like it a lot.

  6. By the way, I had a nice email from Paul Beech enclosing his comment, which he'd tried to post several times here without success. If anyone else has been having this problem, please email me ( and I'll try to sort it out.

    Paul wrote:

    Thanks, Bill – just the thing to brighten a rainy afternoon after a long stint of grandchild-minding. Horribly intoxicating and great fun. Lodgedale is a brilliant creation, a character of the same ilk as Bill James’ ACC Desmond Isles. Gawd, if those two ever got together…! I’m tempted to speculate on how a Bill ‘n’ Bill collaboration might work out. Afterall, Sjowall and Wahloo, Ellery Queen, Nicci French and others have shown that creative writing partnerships can work really well…

    By way of answer, Paul, I have written with other people, but never together - it was always sparking ideas off one another and writing our own separate sequences.