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Tony Berry

Lighthouse death a legacy of family’s maritime links

AS far back as I can discover, the patriarchal side of my Celtic family has always had close links to the sea. It has brought them employment, skills and opportunities. But also uncertainty, hardship and sudden death, in peace as well as in war. They include shipwrights, blacksmiths, mariners, tidewaiters,

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Tony Berry

Patients need patience: the doctor will (not) see you now

DOCTORS must be loving this new world order. The one where they filter enquiries to such an extent that they are rarely bothered with having to deal with patients face to face. Those nuisances (once known as patients) are kept firmly at arm’s length; or an aggravating (Dial 1 for

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Tony Berry

The daily struggle: depression or pushups

MOSTLY  I tend to ignore the endless flood of social media challenges nominating me to participate in the latest “Ten of …” lists. My main reason is an abiding suspicion of all posts that come without an identifiable source. Their origins are hidden deep beyond the “friend” who is suggesting

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Tony Berry

Pedal power: what a difference a [day] bike makes

LITTLE wonder it is called a freedom machine. One that becomes more and more so as the years (and miles) roll by. I refer, of course, to that two-wheeled wonder, the bicycle. Thanks to the recent addition of electrical power,  it is now a pleasure that even ancient limbs can

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Tony Berry

Taut teaser a good introduction to German crime fiction

AND now for something completely different with a truly gripping thriller from a source not previously sampled. After years of immersion in the tide of Scandi Noir, I am stepping out into fresh fields with a switch to German Noir. Well, completely different and fresh for this reader, although no

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Tony Berry

Perverse persistence of parents of the past

OKAY, so we know you cannot teach an old dog new tricks. For verification, just ask any woman who has tried to persuade a man to stop wearing the same old grey and switch to something brighter, cheerier. Anything to make a change. Further supporting evidence comes by way of

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Tony Berry

Signs of the times unread and ignored

EDUCATION standards are definitely slipping. Casual observation of  the dosy dawdlers slowly refilling out streets indicates that this is so. So many citizens  are showing an inability to read.  To them, the inscribed shapes appearing all around them are nothing more than heiroglyphics. And those who have passed the brain-straining

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Tony Berry

Unexpected intruders in pandemic dreamtime

Hi Mum, everything all right? No reply. Morning Dad, how’s tricks? Silence, not a word. And why should I expect one? It’s been such a long time since we last spoke. Something like thirty years or more in dad’s case, probably going on for even lo ger. More recently with

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Tony Berry

McDermid delivers another twisting tale

IN these uncertain times (I write in the era of Covid-19) there is little better than delving into a book knowing that satisfaction is guaranteed. Plot, characters and dialogue will meld into a teasingly enjoyable story of good fighting evil with at least some measure of justice being served. The

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Tony Berry

Crime rules along the library shelves

BRITISH readers’ love affair with all things dark, murderous and mysterious shows no signs of waning. Crime continues to come first choice among public library users, with children’s books a valiant second and daylight to all other genres. Thrillers, mysteries and crime fiction take eight out of the ten top

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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 eventually returning to my roots in 2010 and am 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