Om – a short story by John Simes (published in The Menteur – Literary and arts magazine from the Paris School of Arts and Culture)

2nd June 2019

Om John Simes   Picture an English garden. Level lawn freshly cut. A shiver of autumn shaking the fronds of oaks and elms, their emerald leaves tinged with russet and rust. The dead heads of roses and chrysanthemums uncut, awaiting execution. The first gatherings of dry leaves scuttling like rodents across the grey terrace and…

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The Old School ~ A short story

11th April 2019

The Old School   It is strange when a book becomes a living thing, lifts off the page, and you have to write about the characters, or you feel they might become neglected or fade or decay or lose limbs or potency. The more I write books, the more the characters begin to live, become…

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Dead Dog Books & Big Macs – My Little Life with the Media – part 1

31st January 2019

I have always been suspicious of the media. Let me explain why. It was May. I was the Principal of the neighbouring comprehensive school and I was sitting in the McDonalds in Tavistock at 10.30am. I had ordered a coffee. It came, with a tiny meringue. I was waiting to meet the manager. I wanted…

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John’s Blog ‘BIG WORLDS ~ LITTLE WORLDS’

2nd November 2018

The approach of Armistice Day and the Festival of Remembrance got me thinking. Is there another way to remember? Olivia rested her head on his shoulder. “It all felt so safe here. But there is the big world and then there is our world.” “Without worlds like ours, there can be no big world,” said…

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Welcome to my blog!

16th October 2018

A day to go until I step out in front of an audience at the beautiful Burgh Island Hotel and start talking about my new book, A Game of Chess. Now, I’m sitting in my office; boxes of the new books, posters, book marks, postcards, jiffy bags, are stacked on the floor. I’m rather pleased…

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A Game of Chess launches at prestigious Burgh Island Hotel

16th October 2018

Kindle pre-orders open now, here John Simes, has published his second surreal comic thriller. A Game of Chess is part of The Dream Factory trilogy which has been received with considerable acclaim by readers and his Los Angeles based editor, Angela Brown: ‘In my sixteen years of editing books, I rarely have come across a…

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How The Dream Factory Began

4th October 2018

The Dream commenced on a warm July evening; I was in my office at the school where I was Principal. I had been playing around with ideas for a book and with the school so quiet, took a walk around the silent buildings. As was often the case, I was the last to leave; a…

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"Brilliant descriptions of characters and places enrich a twisty plot that kept me guessing right to the end. John Simes is a master story teller."James Stevenson, Author