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Rough Cut is a picaresque and epic novel in three parts: a genre-bending odyssey set all over the world, covering several decades. It’s about the movies, travel, teaching, the Berlin Wall, drinking, writing, vampires, Nazis, lady boys, Notting Hill, Ireland, the High Atlas, India, dope, the pyramids, Coney Island, several other islands, the Tsunami and much, much more….

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Simon Howard has been a screenwriter, director, lecturer and journalist. He taught film history, directing and acting at Prague Film School and the universities of Westminster and Roehampton. For several years he worked as writer and script editor for Just Betzer, Oscar-winning producer of Babette’s Feast. He wrote for several newspapers and journals, including the Evening Standard, Daily Mirror and Plays & Players. His training was at Drama Centre, the London Film School and the Royal College of Art.

     His novels include Cupid’s Hypodermic, Rough Cut and World’s End (all on Kindle). He's just finished a short novel, Soft Murder, and is currently working on Anglo-Tuscansa tale from the Italian Hills. Poetry collections: Children of Manu, Living Inside Strangers, Poems For Translation and The Accidental Post-Modernist. (All on Kindle.) Plays include In Surabaya. He’s a member of Walton Street Writers, run by novelist Sara Banerji. Several of his stories are in their collections, Tales From The Bookshop and Tales From an Oxford Cafe.            

       He takes masses of photographs (many of them on Instagram), is involved in various cross-cultural projects and splits his time between Oxford and India. He teaches at Cherwell College in Oxford, and is a special adviser to the National Army Museum, working on the redesigning of the Indian Army Memorial Room and Robertson House at Sandhurst.

'Story's the petrol. The car is people - or is it language?'

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