Crime Cymru Abroad #2: Venice with Philip Gwynne Jones

Philip Gwynne Jones invites us to Venice (but definitely not by cruise ship), and it's not all sunshine and Canaletto. I'm an accidental novelist. In fact, when a water taxi deposited Caroline and myself in a chilly Campo San Barnaba in March 2012, burdened with ten suitcases but nothing so conventional as a fixed abode or place of work, I wasn't any sort of writer at all. I was a computer programmer. Or, to be more precise, I was an unsuccessful computer programmer, recently made redundant by one of those banks that had developed the annoying habit of nearly sliding out of business. Having failed at sensible jobs we decided, in middle-age, to do something not very sensible at all. We sold our flat, cashed in whatever savings we had and moved to Venice to teach English. I certainly had no intention of writing a novel. But Venice generates stories. There is something about the city that just makes you want to...
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