The scene was tense, and as off-camber as a poorly adjusted pair of knickers. The Russian looking chap who’d brought along his spectacles, stared at the chess board. He’d spent five years moving the pieces around, and always with the same old hands that he’d moved most things about with for his entire life.

He wasn’t bored with his hands, he liked them both enough that either one could come in a tie for Hand’s first place. But they were itchy; they’d been listening to that little clock tick away for five years, and now they wanted to form a fist and smash that clock into something ruined and littler. The man’s arms knew this, and they would have nothing to do with it. This aggravated the hands further, but they were patient…

Then the moment happened; the stress grafted man made his move on the board and his right fist came down on the clock and crushed it as if it were no more than an empty cherry bakewell casing. The man sat back in his chair, took a bite on his bakewell and adjusted his knickers. Contented that his work was done, he only then realised that it was his move of the game, and he was his only opponent.

The above might perhaps be the only way to announce that The Meifod Claw is now available in a whole merry-go-round of formats! If you carry a trumpet with you, now would be the time…

Some thank you’s, then! It’s a long list of people, and some of the thanks aren’t even for what you could call people. Some have to go to things like the atmosphere of gardens that I have worked on that held tones which became important to the atmosphere of the novel. Or a particularly overgrown honeysuckle that tempted me into the honeysuckle emergency that plays out in the book.

JW Bowe gives a double thumbs up
Double thumbs up

But let’s stick with the people. If you are reading this and consider that you have helped me emotionally, fiscally, recreationally or administratively, then the sentiment of the above photograph is for you. You’re welcome, and I’m most grateful. If a picture says a thousand words then that one says Thank You! five hundred times over. Any more than that and I’ll have to run a banner along the bottom with the telephone number of one of those business charities.

In addition to this, Serious Biscuits is compiling an ongoing list of thank yous to people that will be living somewhere on the website at

Big hugs, guys… squeeze me!

So that’ll about do it; I hope that you enjoy The Meifod Claw. It doesn’t bite, but it can do if needed.

Much obliged, and many thanks to all and sundry!

The following links will take you to the paperback and Kindle versions of The Meifod Claw! For other ebook versions including ibooks please check your provider’s catalogue.                     amazon_co_uk

Perhaps follow this link and get in the mood for The Claw…!

Burn the commune down!

JW Bowe xx

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