Francis Cottam

Francis Cottam

Author

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

I'm confident that the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill will achieve its aims of breaking international law, threatening the Good Friday Agreement, creating division, starting a trade war and turning us into a pariah state.

I'm fairly indifferent to animals, but both of my children are not only gentle but really good with them. Which makes me proud. It means they're kind. Here's my daughter aboard a horse a few years ago. No fear!

Only a few weeks ago Boris Johnson was thumping the cabinet table and telling his assorted misfits, Crime, Crime, Crime. As always, it signified nothing. But now the country is saying, Time, Time, Time, seems ironic.

Chucking it down here in South-West London. Must be the first day of Wimbledon.

I can't find who to credit for this, but this is basically how writing a book feels.

Recovery rate improving, running. Remember that from a Men's Health story we ran back in ancient times when I was editor. Stamina is the main thing that can improve regardless of age.

Think I'll hang on for the impending rain before going for that run. Engine responds best to being water-cooled.

Richmond Green out of the window. And the Ted Lasso production trucks all parked in their reserved berths. It takes an improbable amount of gear to make a TV show. And an implausible number of technicians.

Self-isolating daughter got Covid at a Harry Styles concert in Manchester. But she has rescue cat Pumpkin for company. Bless them both. But particularly her, obviously.

My mum used to say that we didn't deserve to call ourselves working class, because we lived on social security after my dad's departure. But semantics apart, I cannot understand working class Tory voters. #Serfs

Managed, despite technological ineptitude on a scale young people wouldn't believe, to sort the DVD player. The Graduate was stuck in it. Got that out and watched The Duellists. This afternoon, it's The Vikings. Why not?

£150k on a tree house. Tarzan built his from scratch for nothing. And Jane seemed reasonably impressed.

Reading The Dark Angel by @ellygriffiths. Don't generally like novels written in the present tense, but it works triumphantly for her. Such a gifted storyteller. And so much sly humour. A joy on a Sunday morning.

Have been asked a lot lately if a sequel to this might be in the works. Very flattering. Will only say at this stage, never say never.

Bowie at Glastonbury. Struggling with laryngitis. And still coming up with that rendition of Wild is the Wind. If you haven't seen/heard it youngsters, it's available through the miracle of the internet.

The entitlement and warped priorities required to get some rich sycophant to pay £150k for your infant son's tree house. And he boasts that he's not about to change.

The prime minister of a country with over 2200 food banks planned to build his son a £150,000 tree house.

Rightfully reminded that this is Ridley Scott's masterpiece. Recently donated to my daughter who likes old tech, owns a DVD player and is studying film.

Boris Johnson says a “psychological transformation” in his character isn’t going to happen. But character matters. Integrity matters. Honesty matters. His failure to understand that underlines his unfitness for the post. Tory MPs need to grow a spine & force him out @BBCr4today

About to watch Ridley Scott's The Duellists for the umpteenth time on the primeval DVD format because I'm old. His best film is probably Alien - he peaked early, did Ridley - but his debut is so drenched in atmosphere.