The Second Coming By John Niven

The Second Coming
By John Niven
Published by William Heinemann, 2011
Review: Jane Turley

Hmm. Rather a precarious title for a novel.

I suspect that The Second Coming, a novel about the return of Jesus Christ, will elicit author, John Niven, a good number of Goggle hits. With all the talk about the end of the world the publicity opportunities for such a novel must be enormous! I bet Katie Price (aka Jordan) wished she’d thought of it first. But thank goodness she didn’t – it could have lead to a lot of confused readers.

However, I’m worried for Niven. What if Harold Camping’s sums are correct for an October apocalypse? Niven could land himself in serious trouble if Him Upstairs hasn’t calmed down about Jesus being portrayed as a dope smoking, beer swilling, bohemian musician…

God: Hey you down there! You on your knees. With the pen.

We Publish Our First Novel: Death Knell by Kathleen Maher

Before we bow out next month with our last issue and pack up all our kit we wanted to pull all the chapters of Kathleen Maher's novel, Death Knell which we've been running as a serial this year into one beautiful magazine - effectively publishing our first novel from TVFH and bringing you the amazing work of a very talented author which we predict will go on to great things.  You read her here first folks!

And because we're feeling especially generous we are making the digital version of the novel available for FREE.  You can view it, download it, read it on your ipad and just about anything you want by following these links ...

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A Double Whammy

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by Annette Green

In the publishing world we are rightly, if obsessively, concerned with the possible ramifications of the digital revolution. The demise of the bookshop, the undermining of publishers, the death of the physical book itself, the decimation of the printing trade, these are among the most feared consequences. There are also legitimate worries about the eventual impossibility of maintaining a geographical divide in the selling of rights and protecting exclusive territories. These are enough headaches for anyone.

So it is with impeccable timing that our newish chancellor Gideon George Osbourne and his colleagues decide, while digital is smashing in our front door, to go round and trash the back door. Legislation has rarely been used intelligently to support the book trade – you only need to think back to the deeply inflexible competition law which led to the collapse of the Net Book Agreement and the consequent erosion of prices, customer choice and mid-list, to see how damaging ill thought out laws can be. Now just consider the effects of some of this Tory-led government’s breakneck policies.

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How Gruesome Is My Noir?

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by Ann Giles

I prefer my murders nice and sweet. A bit like myself. I might not look it, but deep down I’m nice. And kind.

So it goes without saying that I like ‘cosy noir’. Hang on, is there even something called that? I could be getting my cosies and my noirs all mixed up. There is ‘rural noir’. That sounds cosy enough, but isn’t, unless you like sheep and manure and farmers. Dead or otherwise. Stephen Booth writes rural noir, with the moody Ben Cooper and his boss Diane Fry.

I do enjoy those, although they are distinctly lacking in chintz. I am aware that chintz is not exactly in, unless it’s now so out that it really is in. But if it’s to be a British (I suppose I really mean English) murder, then some floral patterned furniture or curtains is almost required, along with the vicar and the tea and the knitting.