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 heart of the story is Evie, a breathtakingly convincing bioengineered replica of a man's lost love and what it is like to desperately strive to be something you are not.
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Paul lives in London with wife Mary and son Thomas. He studied English Literature at Reading University.