Entries by Richard Gradner


Nine Months. That’s how long it took me to plan, research and write my latest novel, Servant of Memory. Right now, it’s in the editing stage and almost ready to go to print! #excitedmuch #givingbirth 🤪 “Bound by the shackles of time, Elijah Levy is in his 14th reincarnation, and on the brink of a […]

Another year around the sun 🌞

I woke up this morning, like any other morning, to the rising sun, but this time, it was the anniversary of my birth – the day I was born. I’ve always been honoured to have been born on this day and in this month. November symbolises the start of summer (where I live in the […]

Blurb blurb blurb

Contrary to what most people believe, the blurb at the back of a book is not simply a summary of the story, it is an advert for the book itself. It needs to hook the reader into wanting to know more after every single sentence. To get this just right is probably one of the […]

Arctic Nightmare by Richard Gradner

The polar bear looked up from the bloody seal carcass, as the thundering sounds of an iceberg cleaving a large section off the ice sheet, rumbled across the tundra like a herd of stampeding bison. Shards of ice, the size of houses, crashed into the Arctic, pounding the near-freezing waters with explosive force, sending wave […]

Sixty Three A

Beady, black, unblinking orbs Reflecting shades of green and brown Grip softly swaying limbs up high Soprano cries, staccato lies; Grey obscuring blue begins Silent stifling wraiths above Darker now as colours fade Falling drops the ground accepts; Swaying left then to the right Revealing method in design Breath gives life to rooted trunks Rustling […]

Gold! – A short story by Richard Gradner

“Senór, look.” Pablo pointed at an Amazonian pyramid that came into view. Julio raised his hand to shield his eyes from the shafts of sunlight that cut through the canopy of trees. The familiar sound of howler monkeys echoed in the distance and a flock of colourful macaws swooped overhead as Julio gradually made his […]


In my upcoming novel, Servant of Memory, I’m currently writing about the famous polymath, astronomer, physicist, philosopher and mathematician, Galileo Galilei, who gives a lecture in Florence about how to calculate the dimensions of hell in Dante’s 14th century epic poem Divine Comedy. The famous renaissance artist, Sandro Botticelli, painted a visual interpretation of Dante’s […]

Inside Story

I’m about 20% into writing my next novel, so I thought that it was time to share some of my enlightening experience, without giving too much away of course! Although this is my third novel, it’s very different from the first two. In fact, all three novels are very different from each other. My first […]


The g-force was akin to a rollercoaster as the metal hulk lifted up into the sky, pulling my head back and into the headrest for support. The roar of the powerful jet engines, burning enough fuel to empty a small swimming pool, blasted through the cabin, numbing my senses and reverberating the very air around […]