Duncan McLaren is a writer and critic, and often collaborates with freethinking contemporary artists to produce works that blend fiction, autobiography and visual art. Such collaborations provided the starting point for 'The Casebook of Non-Sherlock Holmes', from which 'The Strangled Cry of the Writer-in-Residence' was published by Grizedale Arts in 2002.
The book is designed to mimic popular novels of the late Victorian era, and includes boxed text advertisements for Grizedale Cocoa; The Ruskin Museum; Lancaster University's MA in Ruskin Studies, and a suggested reading list from GA.
Of the 12 books Duncan has written, two have been published in full. 'Personal Delivery' came out in 1998, while 'Looking For Enid' appeared almost 10 years later (2007).
Duncan got a call from David Bowie, congratulating him on 'Personal Delivery', which the author says "just about balances the clutch of one-star reviews I've received on the Amazon site for my book on Enid Blyton, the wonder of my childhood."