Francis Cottam

Francis Cottam


F.G. Cottam Wrote four literary novels as Francis before adopting the pen name as author of paranormally themed thrillers which include The Waiting Room and most recently, The Lucifer Chord. Paranormal debut The House of Lost Souls won The Dracula Society’s Children of the Night award and has been translated into 16 languages.

Francis Cottam @fgcottam

At university, misheard a lecturer instructing us to read Virginia Woolf's Tudor Lighthouse. Exciting! Basically a beacon by the sea? Wood, masonry, both? Then I went to the campus bookshop, Dillon's and learned the harsh truth.

Nicolas Cage. It's been downhill since Raising Arizona, which was a very long time ago. Worst performance? I'd go with Captain Corelli in an admittedly crowded field.

Only have terrestrial channels so can't view the Ralph Lauren documentary. Fascinating character. Massively successful self-invention, basically the real-life incarnation of Jay Gatsby, except with a happier ending. So far.

Midday yesterday on the route along the river from Richmond to Kingston.

Found a gold, ruby-set signet ring in an otherwise empty locker at Livingwell gym on Millbank in 1995. After handing it into reception, got a bottle of champagne from a man insisting we both remain unidentified. Would love to know...

This is Royal Mail boss Rico Back.
He receives a £2.7 million pay packet.
He pays no UK tax on it because he is based in Switzerland.
He is trying every trick to stop the postal workers being able to exercise their right to strike.

I support the posties. @CWUnews #WeRiseAgain

#johnlewischristmasadvert I get the feeling these are contrived by hot-shot creatives who have never experienced parenthood. Destroying a snowman painstakingly constructed by children just isn't funny.

Written in 1999, published in 2002, a name under which I no longer write. Set at the height of the Blitz. Naturalistic fiction, but there is the ghost of his father, killed on the Western Front in 1917 my hero Jack Finlay sees as a child.

Joe Strummer was John Mellor, a middle-class boy educated at a Surrey boarding school, his patronising mockney accent as bogus as much else about punk #TheClash

G.P. advised A&E. Went to @KingstonHospNHS this morning. Tests and consultation all done in under 3 hours. Doctor Leo, you are a star. And our NHS is world class.

RIP Frank Dobson. Got to know him in the early 1980s as a reporter on the Camden Chronicle. Took the time and trouble to talk to me the morning after the King's Cross fire. Never met a more humane or principled politician.

David Starkey dismissing Remembrance Sunday. He's openly gay. If Nazi Germany had won WW2 he'd be deep in the closet or wearing a pink triangle in a concentration camp or dead. Probably the latter. Historians should have perspective.

Young people don't wear wristwatches? Well who is buying all those Bremont, Farer and Christopher Ward high precision and beautifully designed automatics? And they're just the British brands. If you build it, they will come...

Watched the boxing bout between those two YouTube stars I'd never previously heard of today. Game lads the pair of them (especially the outgunned Brit). But utterly useless as practitioners of the sweet science. So there'll likely be a rematch.

Second phase of the 'The Dead Have Gathered' offer has begun: the kindle is now £1.99.

Natural to associate #RemembranceSunday with the Great War and the Somme and Passchendaele. But important to remember that WW2 was a moral conflict, won when and only because America was then great. A poignant thought.

I can’t believe this is happening.