Lynn John 440626 https://www.lynnjohn.com en-nz Lynn John 30 Watch me talking about my new books with Sunny Chayes in Hollywood! https://www.lynnjohn.com/blog/Sunny-Chayes-Hollywood-interview When I was recently interviewed by Sunny Chayes about my two recent novels, I was struck by the incongruity of it all. 048, 21 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lynnjohn.com/blog/Sunny-Chayes-Hollywood-interview EncountersBooksMusic The Emu https://www.lynnjohn.com/blog/the-emu Relevance is overrated 046, 11 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lynnjohn.com/blog/the-emu HumourEncounters What people are saying about my latest novel https://www.lynnjohn.com/blog/what-people-are-saying-about-my-latest-novel Reviews of "A Secret Never to be Told" 043, 17 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lynnjohn.com/blog/what-people-are-saying-about-my-latest-novel BooksMusic The Rossini opera rock star https://www.lynnjohn.com/blog/rossini-opera-rock-star After 19 years of furious output, Gioacchino Rossini stopped composing operas. 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Surprise! https://www.lynnjohn.com/blog/surprise-surprise World-famous in Orewa 027, 1 Jul 2022 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lynnjohn.com/blog/surprise-surprise HumourBooks Creole-style fish https://www.lynnjohn.com/blog/creole-style-fish A Curaçao Jewish recipe for “Bakiou” 026, 24 Jun 2022 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lynnjohn.com/blog/creole-style-fish TravelFoodEncountersRecipes How to explain a Brunelleschi https://www.lynnjohn.com/blog/how-to-explain-a-Brunelleschi The logic of genius 025, 17 Jun 2022 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lynnjohn.com/blog/how-to-explain-a-Brunelleschi Walking with AvioTravel Another taster from much later in the novel Boyo https://www.lynnjohn.com/blog/in-a-wet-grey-plastic-mac In a wet, grey, plastic mac 024, 10 Jun 2022 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lynnjohn.com/blog/in-a-wet-grey-plastic-mac HumourBooks Avio and the two phones https://www.lynnjohn.com/blog/Avio-two-phones Wearing two phones keeps Avio safe... or does it? 023, 3 Jun 2022 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lynnjohn.com/blog/Avio-two-phones Walking with AvioHumour A wonderful day in Barbados https://www.lynnjohn.com/blog/a-wonderful-day-in-Barbados Francis was in his late thirties, medium height, balding, white teeth, twinkle in his eye, and African. 022, 27 May 2022 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lynnjohn.com/blog/a-wonderful-day-in-Barbados TravelEncounters The Italian waitress https://www.lynnjohn.com/blog/Italian-waitress She is Italian woman, con spirito... 021, 20 May 2022 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lynnjohn.com/blog/Italian-waitress Walking with AvioTravelHumourEncounters Another taster from the novel Boyo https://www.lynnjohn.com/blog/Boyo-Wales-the-hairdresser Wales. 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