Welcome to the website of David Palin
Welcome to the website of David Palin
Welcome to the website of David Palin

How it Started

A moment of great significance for my writing career was a car journey with a colleague in 2002. When she found out I had a novel mouldering in the loft – this is not a metaphor for my head – she gave me a week to rescue it and make something of it. Through that one moment of bossiness she helped me rediscover my love of writing. So, I came back out of that mould-ridden loft fascinated by what hides, often in plain sight, in the shadows beyond the light of our everyday lives

The reader's Mind

In my work, hope can only truly be appreciated by those who have looked into the darkness, embraced it even, and seen that still the flame doesn’t die unless we choose to extinguish it. If, as a result of reading my books, a movie plays in the reader’s mind, it is probably a film noir – we’re certainly living in times of tension, paranoia and greed similar to the ones that spawned that style – but I can’t help adding a hint of optimistic white. Those movies were often unremitting in their blackness, but even the darkest of themes, as examined by Dennis Potter or Peter Greenaway for example, can allow for redemption. Why has mankind always wandered willingly into the labyrinth if not for the joy of walking out again?


I believe that we are not alone and by that I mean that the universe is built on attraction. We are always pulling something along in our slipstream, just as we, too, are riding on the coat-tails of a dream. These co-existing worlds are usually just beyond our vision – it’s like trying to see yourself blink in a mirror – but never beyond our perception if we are open to them. I love the Philip Pullman trilogy His Dark Materials, firstly because it captures with magnificence and eloquence the concept of parallel universes, and secondly because it provoked such outrage from the narrow-minded.

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If you found an old post-it note in a bush with a telephone number on it, would you call it? That’s the opening premise of The Prying Game, a wonderfully written novella by David Palin. It’s dark, erotic psychological thriller that twists and turns in unexpected ways. If you are looking for an intelligent page-turner with genuine surprises then this is the book for you.
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The Scorpion Archipelago (Chapter 3)

Winchester: around 9pm October 24th 1997 Because everyone knew something was afoot, for Jane the conversation over dinner was like the supporting act at a concert; pleasant enough, but not something in which one could lose oneself – except…there was also the conjecture about the missing guest, which did add a little to their anticipation;

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The Scorpion Archipelago (Chapter 4)

Time: Unknown; Place: Darkness Panic had set in when daylight vanished; a primeval fear against which mankind would never find a defence; not even a king or a great warrior, both of which he had ceased to be the moment he had realised he was lost in the dark. He cursed the pride and stubbornness

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The Scorpion Archipelago (Chapter 5)

Winchester: August 29th 1997 “What?” “Nothing; just smiling.” “I can see that, but at what?” “I don’t know. It doesn’t have a label.” “Well then it can’t be worth knowing about.” “How can you say that?” “I label every tiny fragment of bone and pottery I find on my digs. Something must be truly worthless

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