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Tony Berry

Definitely not ‘appy, Jan

EXCUSE the aspirated headline. My apparent descent into Cockney lingo has its reasons. As does the punning use of this Australian phrase that was rapidly popularised after being given birth by a Telstra television ad in 2002. As explained by the Urban Dictionary, it is now used when someone “is

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Tony Berry

The lights are on but no one’s home

SOMETHING’S not right. I already had my suspicions but chose to ignore them. Now I fear that is no longer possible; recent events have convinced me so. Time to face the fact: incidents of going into another room and not remembering why you did so are commonplace in one’s more

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Tony Berry

Since when did running come such a costly activity?

  RUNNING is an uncomplicated process of placing one foot ahead of the other; similar to walking but at a faster pace. No argument with that? Good. For most people running  is a simple and easy-to-manage forward movement. One that has existed since humankind emerged from our amoebic slime and

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Tony Berry

A vividly evocative tug at the heart-strings

RARELY do I find a book having such a deep and personal impact as this moving and tender story. Its effect lingered long after the final word had been read; reviving cherished memories, plucking at the heartstrings. Poignant moments from earlier days were relived, reflected upon with a mixture of

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Tony Berry

Murder and mayhem in hilarious crime fiction debut

NAH, it can’t be that good. Surely not. Must be because it’s got a celebrity’s name taking top billing as the author across the cover. Doubtless another sample of vanity publishing, selling by popularity rather than content. Probably ghost written too. Isn’t that how it goes; win the public’s heart

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Tony Berry

Pot holes and regrets; a road map to dubious freedom

Living, coping and observing in the age of Covid #10 REMEMBER those bruising, knuckle-skinning, foot-tripping days of yore; every man and woman (and all in between)  for themselves; no holds barred as the doors slid open and the mass hurtled forward at the opening of the Boxing Day sales? Or

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Tony Berry

Marmite Markle strikes a blow for letter-writers

AS a person of interest, Meaghan Markle usually rates way down the list of those spotlighted celebrities who engage my attention. Almost off the scale; at the lowest end. As I feel she is considered by most people apart from those sad sacks to whom all gossip is more precious

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Tony Berry

Criminals from all over lurk in lockdown bedside library

  Living, coping and observing in the age of Covid #8 Feb 2021: THE Pisa-like bedside tower of books looked like toppling before I got around to recording some of its content. It was only thanks to some extended sessions of lockdown reading that it has been whittled down to

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Good news on books, jabs and theatre fights BBC gloom

Living, coping and observing in the age of Covid #7 Jan 2021: I HAVE been on a bit of a downer. Today, however, I am showing a degree of positivity by using one of the slightly less pessimistic of the several D-words available to describe the recent state of mind

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Welcome to my website and blog, and to my world. The name is Tony Berry, writer and editor (and lifelong pedant) with five crime fiction books and two memoirs to my name. Born, educated and working for many years in England, I then moved to Australia before returning to my roots in 2010 and now happily back where my working life began—in beautiful, rugged and still mystical Cornwall.

Professional bodies

CAE Melbourne, Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing

Accredited Editor, Institute of Professional Editors, Australia

Professional Member, Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading, UK

Member, Crime Writers Association, UK

Member, Australian Society of Authors