Author Archive | Mark Haysom

11,000 ‘LIKES’ FOR OSCAR Oscar  Oliver’s Christmas has now topped 11,000 Facebook ‘Likes’ and is the most popular of  Mark Haysom’s five free short stories. It has been ‘shared’ almost as many times as it has been ‘liked’ and has attracted hundred of comments – both on Facebook and on this website. The five free stories are available to read online or as downloads for e-readers. READ+

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‘IMAGINE’ REVIEW Choice magazine have published a review of IMAGINE: “Having captured the atmosphere of the turbulent Sixties in his first novel, LOVE, LOVE ME DO, Mark Haysom fast forwards to 1973 as we follow the fortunes of the Bird family at a time of austerity, riots and picket lines. Haysom’s books combine believable, interesting characters with vividly drawn historical settings, the drama firmly rooted in time and place.”  

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The five questions that fire the imagination

For FEMALE FIRST, December 14 2015 They are the five questions that every budding journalist quickly learns, questions to get to the facts, to get to the story. I can see myself now – anxious and eager in my first week as a junior reporter, pristine notebook in hand – interviewing a woman in curlers on her doorstep after a fire at her neighbour’s house. ‘So, do you know who was in the house when it started?’ ‘And what exactly did you see?’ ‘And where was the smoke coming from? Where exactly?’ ‘And when was this? What time?’ ‘And do you know why the fire started? What caused it?’ A soft lad from the south in a strange northern town, my beginner’s shorthand wasn’t up to the job, my ear wasn’t yet attuned to the accent. But I kept plugging away at my questions and got there in the end. […]

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AN EXCLUSIVE FREE GIFT FOR READERS To celebrate publication of IMAGINE in paperback on 3rd December, my publisher has created a very special, limited edition gift for readers. THE GIFT is a collection of my five short stories bound up as a paperback book – and the first 50 readers to order IMAGINE will each receive a copy. CLICK HERE TO DISCOVER MORE

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Exclusive gift for readers!

  I’m MARK HAYSOM author of LOVE, LOVE ME DO – and I’ve got news of an amazing FREE gift to mark the paperback launch of my latest novel To celebrate publication of IMAGINE in paperback on 3rd December, my publisher has created a very special, limited edition gift for readers. THE GIFT is a collection of my five short stories bound up as a paperback book – and the first 50 readers to order IMAGINE will each receive a copy. To claim your FREE copy of THE GIFT, simply order IMAGINE from your favourite retailer (see below) and send proof of purchase (confirmation email, order number or a scan) to marketing@littlebrown.co.uk with the subject line ‘IMAGINE’. THE GIFT isn’t available to buy in the shops and, as it contains two Christmas short stories, it’s the perfect present for friends and family – or for yourself! The competition closes on Sunday 29th November […]

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THE GIFT: A SHORT STORY Christmas morning, 1963 Nanna Bird has been on her knees so long, they hurt. It’s been worth it though for the look on Baxter’s face every time his car slaloms through the Scalextric chicane and flashes past the finishing line while hers goes careering off at the first bend. It’s been worth it too for a morning of rare smiles from Megan as she’s played her records on her new Dansette record player. She can’t remember her looking so happy. Nanna didn’t have a clue which records to buy to go with the player. Her choice would have been Glenn Miller or Joe Loss; proper music you can dance all night to. But she’d got talking to … READ +

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20. Why there’s nothing like being there, being part of it

I’m MARK HAYSOM, the author of two novels, LOVE, LOVE ME DO and IMAGINE. In my occasional Blog, I attempt to make sense of the world for my grandson, Theo – and for myself. Theo is now 18 months old A family outing: we go to the circus. And high above the sawdust ring, beneath the stretched deep-blue dome of the big top, we take our seats and wait. Wait for the magic to begin. Laser lights play; music pounds; the tent quickly fills. All around, in an eager sea of popcorn and candyfloss, children’s excited voices bubble with laughter. Vendors work the aisles. One row all buy glowing light sabres and happily carve the air: we opt for a spinning windmill of rainbow lights. Mesmerising. Hypnotic. WHAT THE CRITICS SAY ABOUT MARK’S DEBUT NOVEL ‘LOVE, LOVE ME DO is funny and heartbreaking’ (Good Housekeeping).  The story of one traumatic day.  CLICK to […]

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THERE’S NOTHING LIKE BEING THERE A  family outing: we go to the circus. And high above the sawdust ring, beneath the stretched deep-blue dome of the big top, we take our seats and wait. Wait for the magic to begin. Laser lights play; music pounds; the tent quickly fills. All around, in an eager sea of popcorn and candyfloss, children’s excited voices bubble with laughter. Vendors work the aisles. One row all buy glowing light sabres and happily carve the air: we opt for a spinning windmill of rainbow lights. Mesmerising. Hypnotic. READ+

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19. The games we play and how they make us what we are

MARK HAYSOM is the author of two novels – LOVE, LOVE ME DO and IMAGINE. In his monthly Blog, he attempts to make sense of the world for his grandson, Theo – and for himself. Theo is  now sixteen months old +++ I was, of course, no different from any other boy. Perfectly content, utterly absorbed, I could sit on the floor for patient hours with little more than an assortment of empty boxes and cartons to play with. That was all I needed: that and the restless imagination of a child. Boxes would be stacked, arranged, aligned. New towns, futuristic cities, Manhattan skylines would be created and then – in apocalyptic scenes of appalling devastation – would be flattened, erased. Towers would be lovingly, painstakingly raised, only to be quickly, violently, destroyed. Skyscrapers would climb ever more precariously, reach unsustainable heights and then topple and fall. And I would begin again. And […]

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T-Z

+ FAVOURITE QUOTES MARK HAYSOM is the author of the critically acclaimed ‘Love, Love Me Do’ and ‘Imagine’. From time to time, he publishes favourite quotes from great writers, leaders and thinkers. + T Henry David Thoreau ‘None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm’ ‘I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude’ ‘I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestioned ability of a man to elevate his life by conscious endeavour’ ‘If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment’ ‘The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it’ ‘It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see’ Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) was an American author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, and historian. A leading transcendentalist, Thoreau is best known […]

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