I have had a passion for storytelling from a young age, ever since I discovered that writing what you want, as opposed to writing what someone else tells you to, is the greatest thing.
One of the inspirations behind The Actuality is the notion of a secret rooftop garden, high above the city. I think it is the sense of seclusion and safety which appeals and I am really pleased that such a garden found itself to be the novel's opening setting.
At the story's heart is the character of Evie, a breathtakingly convincing bioengineered replica of a man's lost love. This is Evie's story - of what it is like to desperately strive to be human while not being quite - a story of darkness, tension and fear but also hopefully of imagination and wonder. A couple of extracts are here on the site for you to begin to form your own view.
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Paul lives in London with wife Mary and son Thomas. He studied English Literature at Reading University.
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