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Tony Berry

Cuddles for goals but not for grandma

Living, coping and observing in the age of Covid 04 Jan 2021: THOUGHT for the day: money does not buy brains. Nor can it buy common sense, or consideration for others or the community at large. Shell out zillions but there’s no guarantee the recipient will be transformed into a

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Tony Berry

Resolving not to make a resolution

Living, coping and observing in the age of Covid 02 Jan 2021: SAME old, same old. Here we go again. Back on the media roundabout as the familiar format for each year’s beginning is once more regurgitated. Not even all the shifts in lifestyles forced upon us by the pandemic’s

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Tony Berry

Turning over a not so new leaf

Living and coping: Year #2 of Covid-19 01 Jan 2021: AND so it goes; another New Year’s Day following yet one more New Year’s Eve. Ho hum. After enduring a long line of such pairings, I still have yet to much sense of endings and beginnings.  Something more than the

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Tony Berry

Confused by sleuths of crime-ridden south coast

CONFUSION continues to await avid readers of two popular series of crime fiction tales centred on Britain’s south coast. They can be left flummoxed, not so much by the intricate plotting but rather by the naming of the two main characters. One wonders whether there is mutual admiration or deep

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Tony Berry

Garry dishes up Outback crime to rival the best

I HAVE been renewing acquaintance with an old friend. As always, it was a rewarding and compelling page-turning experience. It was also thought provoking, making me wonder yet again why so few Australian crime writers make it on to the international stage. Rather than becoming household names they are too

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Tony Berry

Five Strikes and out; too much of a bad thing

THIS was a huge letdown. A thorough disappointment on so many fronts. And all the more so for one who has been a consistent fan of the Cormoran Strike tales from the very beginning. As evidenced by having ordered and paid for this latest saga well in advance of its

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Tony Berry

Neither short nor to the point

THE prime reason we write is to communicate with others. This applies whether it be with one other person or with the masses devouring the latest scandal or disaster. Nowhere is this more true than in the print media. Newspapers need to be quickly and clearly understood by the widest

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Tony Berry

Chasing killers through an opium induced haze

THERE are people who return year after year after year to the same place for their annual holidays. Familiarity apparently brings content. And probably boredom, as they are not averse also to sneaking away on an occasional  long weekend break which, if pressed, they will describe as “refreshing”. Which shows

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Tony Berry

Adrenalin overload, excessive effort and a hangover haze

  NOW here’s a weird, even disturbing, thing; my trusty Garmin records a hilly four-mile run around the city where I live. Yet I have scant memory of it ever happening. How can this be? The watch tells of a continuous jog with every second accounted for. By contrast, my

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Tony Berry

Delight in old master of writing, and crime fiction

THERE’S nothing like revisiting an old friend. So much forgotten pleasure to be derived from taking giant steps back to the very early years. In so doing we revive  experiences that only now are revealed and recognised for their formative effect on so much that followed. As a youth, I

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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