Reviews of Crump (2010)

My 2010 campus novel Crump (PJ Vanston) did very well and garnered many excellent reviews - and some pretty nasty ones (touched a nerve, obviously...).


I was delighted to see it become a set book at schools and colleges in Scandinavia (especially Sweden and Norway).  It was also very popular in Canada and the USA.


Crump is still used extensively in teaching and training - I receive a nice plump photocopy fee cheque every year, and know it's being read in Europe (EU and non-EU) and the USA. It's also used by the UK's own universities, as well as the NHS and the UK government, no doubt in training.


It's quite a political satire, after all, and is still - to my knowledge- the only novel that dares to tackle the issue of Islamic extremism at UK universities and the blind eye turned to it by university management and academics.


The paperback edition has sold out but the books is still available in ebook via Amazon and the usual outlets:


There are some great reviews here:


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I am proud to announce that my debut collection of poetry THE LOVED ONES - A COLLECTION OF PANDEMIC POEMS ABOUT LOVE AND LOSS was published 9 April 2022. 54 poems; including 10 lyrics with 9 online links to the demo song recordings provided in the book. Some poems have already been shared - such as POEM OF THE PLAGUE YEAR and TWENTY-TWENTY: A YEAR IN THE LIFE which was featured on Swansea TV and was called 'poignant' by a representative of Her Majesty the Queen. Available in the shops, to order or in Harrisons, Uplands and Cover to Cover, Mumbles, and also distributed by the Wales Books Council to any Welsh bookshop which wants to order stock.


"THINKING TIME - 365 Inspiring, Amusing and Thought-provoking quotes to get you through the year",  my new diverse quote book, is out now. Not in shops (except 2 in Swansea) but available on Amazon as paperback and ebook - the perfect Christmas or other present for all ages. Intelligent Mindfulness with funny, insightful quotes from individuals from throughout history up to the present day. To dip into, read through or use for mindfulness daily.


On 28th March 2020 my new satirical campus/Brexit novel was published - my 7th book. SOMEWHERE IN EUROPE is a real epic - funny, moving and timely. A state of the nation novel which has something to say. 


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