#141 The Top Ten Posts of 2020

I know it is still only the middle of December but I thought it was a good time to share with you the top posts on the blog this year.

10. Reading Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

Faulks novel made excellent background reading for my forthcoming novel Albert & Maria with the protagonists of both our novels finding themselves in tunnels during the First World War. Read more…

9 Living with Lockdown

When I wrote this post at the end of March, I don’t think any of us realised quite how long our isolation was going to last. While matters returned almost to normal for a brief period in Europe, here in Brazil, the first wave merged almost straight into the current wave. Read more…

8. Watching Sao Paulo flood

While Covid was beginning to spread from Asia, Sao Paulo had already experienced a bad start to 2020, with flooding and, of course, the wild fires in the Amazon and then later the Pantanal. Read more…

7. Reading The Man in the High Castle

A friend of mine told me he had started watch the Amazon Prime series The Man in the High Castle, so I thought I would give it a go. I was already a couple of episodes in before I realised I had picked up a copy of the Philip K Dick novel from a backpackers hostel while on a stag weekend in Rio de Janeiro. This was my review. Read more…

6. Worrying about the Coronavirus

This was posted at the end of February when the face case was identified in Brazil. At that time there had been less than 3,000 deaths and the European Football Championships were still going ahead. Read more…

5. What if the UK monarchy was abolished?

Scandals involving Prince Andrew and Prince Harry had put the future of the monarchy in the spotlight again. In my current work in progress, a prequel to my dystopian novel, WHEN THE WELL RUNS DRY, an increasingly authoritarian government takes the death of the King as an opportunity to transfer the monarch’s powers to the Prime Minister who becomes defacto president. The move follows a decades long political slide to right but is not unimaginable. Read more…

4. The Economic impacts of Covid-19 in Brazil

Written in May, only 55 days into the pandemic, the situation in Brazil has not really changed with the exception that cases are now on the rise again and the right wing are trying to debunk the vaccine. Read more…

3. Interview with Sam Fires, author of Dog Meat

My interview in June with dystopian fiction author, Sam Fires proved very popular. Read more…

2. Reading Space Team by Barry Hutchison

The second most popular post this year has been another review, this time of Barry Hutchison’s hilarious Space Team. Read more…

  1. Trying to get a Brazilian Driving license

The most popular post of the year so far, by a long way, has been how to get a Brazilian driving license. I posted some images of the tests on Pinterest and it seems to have become a source of reference. Read more…

If you have any suggestions for topics I should cover in 2021 then please let me know

About M J Dees

M J Dees lives and works in Sao Paulo, Brazil with his wife, daughter and two cats. He has written three novels, Living with Saci, The Astonishing Anniversaries of James and David, Part One, and When The Well Runs Dry. He is currently editing the fourth and writing the fifth. You can sign up for more information on his book launches at http://eepurl.com/cTnAD5 and receive a free copy of Living With Saci.
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