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John J. Gaynard is from Mayo in the West of Ireland. He has lived in Paris for many years. 'Nobody I Know' is his fifth novel. He has worked extensively in Africa (mostly the French speaking countries), the Middle East, Eastern Europe and the United States and speaks French as well as he does English.

The BookViral review of 'Nobody I Know' begins: "Take a deep breath and enter the mind of John J Gaynard. An author with a fiery intellect and an imagination to match, his new release Nobody I Know is sure to captivate its readers as Gaynard takes us on a warped psychological thriller that keeps us guessing till the very end..." and ends, "An author with a highly distinctive literary voice and a genuine page-turner of a novel Nobody I Know pro
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John J. Gaynard The way I begin a novel or story is to throw a character into a difficult situation and then imagine how he or she handles it. Usually one difficulty…moreThe way I begin a novel or story is to throw a character into a difficult situation and then imagine how he or she handles it. Usually one difficulty leads to another and the character paints him or herself into a series of corners, from which I have to help decide an escape route. My periods of blockage usually happen when I can't find the escape route, and they are usually resolved when an idea comes to me at three o'clock in the morning or in the shower or when I'm taking a long walk. While I'm waiting for the answer to come I read seven or eight hours a day.(less)
John J. Gaynard Being totally absorbed in a story for days, weeks and months during which time I live with characters to be developed and situations to be resolved. I…moreBeing totally absorbed in a story for days, weeks and months during which time I live with characters to be developed and situations to be resolved. I also enjoy the act of revision, hunting down every little thing in the text that troubles me until I can finally attain peace of mind and then move on to something else.(less)
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Nobody I KnowThe Foreword Clarion Review of Nobody I Know has just arrived. I'm sincerely grateful to the reviewer, Jeremiah Rood, who has done a good job of understanding what I designed right from the outset to be a book that gives no quarter to religious fanaticism, while giving a clear theological underpinning, however tendentious you may find it, to every aspect of the book that is based... Read more of this blog post »
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A rare glimpse of a French colonial family that had to struggle through hard times back when when France ruled over Indochina and imposed its class and racial systems in every aspect of social life. The daughter is used as a honey-trap by her famishe ...more
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For in the sciences the authority of thousands of opinions is not worth as much as one tiny spark of reason in an individual man. Besides, the modern observations deprive all former writers of any authority, since if they had seen what we see, they would have judged as we judge.”
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message 16: by James

James Piper Merci John.


message 15: by Robert

Robert Thanks for accepting my friend request, John.


message 14: by John

John Gaynard Richard wrote: "Interesting blog entry on Boltanski! There's also the phenomenon of the "crook turned copper." I'm not sure whether we've discussed this already, so pardon my memory lapse if we have. But have you..."

Richard, my knowledge of Vidocq comes from the way Victor Hugo used him to create the characters of Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert in Les Misérables. I'll have to learn more about how he came to be acknowledged as the father of modern French criminal investigation. I also need to read more of Terry Pratchett's novels.

Cheers,
John


message 13: by Richard (last edited Feb 20, 2012 07:44PM)

Richard Interesting blog entry on Boltanski! There's also the phenomenon of the "crook turned copper." I'm not sure whether we've discussed this already, so pardon my memory lapse if we have. But have you read anything about Vidocq? He influenced 19th century French literature as well.

Also, are you a fan of Terry Pratchett? I suspect perhaps not, but if you're ever in the mood for smart satirical fantasy, you may like the Discworld series, especially the novels involving Sam Vimes.


message 12: by John

John Gaynard Happy New Year to you too, Kathryn!! I wish you a Wise and Witty 2012.


message 11: by Kathryn

Kathryn Happy New Year, John!! Here's to new reads in 2012!


A Miuda Geek John, no problem whatsoever - you had me messaged at the time.

On another note, i admire your reading capacity - you go through books at tornado-speed and i have noticed some interesting titles too - thank you.


message 9: by John

John Gaynard Maria wrote: "Thank you for the friend request, John.

If in any time my reviews have a funny phrasing, i am sorry - english is not my 1st language and sometimes comes to mind the Portuguese phrasing rather than..."


Maria, we exchanged messages a couple of weeks back, but I just realised that I hadn't replied to this comment! No problem with Portuguese phrasing, if it ever happens!

All the best,
John


message 8: by John

John Gaynard Sandra wrote: "Thanks for connecting with me on Goodreads. I looked for your books on Amazon; they look interesting. I see that Achebe is one of your favorite authors - mine too."

Thank you for your message, Sandra. Achebe foresaw a lot of what is still happeng in Nigeria! Great writer!


Sandra Thanks for connecting with me on Goodreads. I looked for your books on Amazon; they look interesting. I see that Achebe is one of your favorite authors - mine too.


A Miuda Geek Thank you for the friend request, John.

If in any time my reviews have a funny phrasing, i am sorry - english is not my 1st language and sometimes comes to mind the Portuguese phrasing rather than the English one.


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John Gaynard Huw wrote: "Hi John, thank you for enfriending me. If, perchance, you read any of my reviews I am trying to write in the five and zero star categories. All reviews are personal and hope to convey what an ind..."

Huw, I can understand why you are writing in the five and zero star categories. With age I have become more discerning, and I am usually happy with what I read. This leads me to give many five star ratings. When I am disappointed, however, I find that a zero star rating comes easily.


message 4: by Huw

Huw Evans Hi John, thank you for enfriending me. If, perchance, you read any of my reviews I am trying to write in the five and zero star categories. All reviews are personal and hope to convey what an individual book or series means to me. Am happy to discuss anything - gently. Kind regards, Huw


message 3: by Kim

Kim Thank you for the friend request, John. I look forward to getting to know you better.


message 2: by John

John Gaynard Jill,

Thank you for your welcome message.
Best wishes,


message 1: by Jill

Jill Thanks for being my friend on Goodreads, John, and welcome to Goodreads.


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