Children In Need…

Children In Need


Here in the UK, we’ve just endured the annual ‘Children In Need’ charity event on BBC television.

You know the sort of thing?

Where lots of filthy-rich celebrities come on and try to extort money from the poor viewers, aided and abetted by heart-wrenching video clips of every possible childhood-related tragedy you could think of.

It’s not that I’m against raising money for charity. Far from it. I have jumped out of perfectly serviceable aircraft to raise money for good causes.

I even ran the London Marathon for children with cancer, raising around £5,000 in the process and knackering my knees for what I suspect will be the rest of my life.

And I have no issues with children either, being a proud father and uncle.

It’s just the way they go about it that really winds me up.

So, in an attempt to let off some ‘literary’ steam and to avoid doing my REAL work of finishing my latest thriller, I have written a tiny magic-realism piece about Children In Need.

Gingerbread House


The wizened old woman stretched out a bony arm and switched off the radio with a relieved sigh, stretching her tired back for a moment before turning her attention back to her hot stove.

She flicked the tattered red hood away from her lined face before deftly trimming the uncooked pastry from the edges of the pie and rolling it into several balls, about the size of little breadcrumbs.

She threw the first of these across the odd-looking kitchen and watched as her Staffordshire bull terrier leapt into the air and snatched it, his strong jaws snapping shut with all the finality and violence of a gin-trap.

‘Children in need,’ she exclaimed to the dog.

‘Children in need, Wolfie?

In need of precisely what, I ask you?

In need of some manners, maybe.

In need of an education, of a backbone, moral fibre, respect for their elders, where do I stop?

Most of all, Wolfie, they’re children in need of a bath.

Tasty though…’

Wolfie just licked his lips and smiled.


Alex x

PS: I am still working on the 4th Ridge Walker adventure thriller and I promise it will be published later this year.

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Not for the faint of heart but it’ll reward you for reading it. 

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Hey, I know present buying can be a real hassle sometimes!

Just because you know someone really well doesn’t mean they can be a breeze to buy for. And the last thing you want to do is waste a ton of money on a present they won’t like.

But… I have your back, my friends.

If you know your friend likes reading fiction and perhaps some black humour thrillers by Scottish authors then why not improve your odds of success by buying them a bundle of books. Maybe they won’t like one but totally love the other two?

Buying a whole bunch of books by different authors could be expensive however.

Let me sign your books

And your chances of finding some that have been personally signed by the author will be slimmer than stumbling across an honest politician!

Until now.

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And as soon as you give me your mailing address I will sign your books and post them off

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These are the three books you’ll get in your Christmas Cracker Bundle –

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So what could be better?

Hit that Paypal button and I’ll put down my mug of mulled wine and start sticking on the stamps.

Have a cool Yule!


Alex x

PS: Here’s a very recent review for The Devil You Know from Amazon in the US:

What kept me reading was the quality of the writing, in a word: marvelous, an example of modern prose, impossibly long sentences that somehow work out, a sardonic sense of humor and a host of colorful characters that include the traditional tired detective, grumpy old boatman, a prominent local criminal and a beautiful female assassin. I am not a Scot, and I had some trouble following some of the colorful dialogue that illustrates the peculiarities of Scottish conversation. The effort was worth it. More than a story, I recommend this book to readers who appreciate good writing. I am truly impressed and hope to see more books by Alex Breck.




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Just One Day To Go…

With just a few hours left before NaNoWriMo begins in earnest, the panic is starting to set in…and also an incredible swelling of anticipation and excitement.

If YOU are still on the fence about NaNo, here is a great article by my friend Ali Luke

Best of luck to all participants!