William Davoll


William Davoll is originally from the heart of the West Midlands, but now resides along the Sussex coast, where he enjoys long walks across the South Downs, and delving into the mysterious history of the region.

Although not slave to a specific genre, he does enjoy spending most of his time skirting around the darker sides of literature. Fascinated by the cruelty of the human condition and intrigued by the obscure, he adds his own twist and perspective to the everyday to create a dimension noir.

Smashwords Interview

What are your five favorite books, and why?
"The Rats" by James Herbert - I didn't really enjoy reading until I was aged 13, That was when I discovered James Herbert. A family member tried to stop me reading it, so it was like a red rag to a bull. After that I became an Avid Reader (mostly horror), and I spent most of my pocket money on James Herbert books. "The Rats" is the book that started my love of reading and writing, so it has to be on list.

"You can see the Angels Bum, Miss Worswick!" by Mike Harding - He's just such a funny writer, and this has to be the funniest book I have ever read. There are points in this book where I couldn't breathe because I was laughing so much. I do love a well written comedy book, Peter Kay's biography "The sound of laughter" being a another fine example of an excellent funny book. ( I know this will make it six by the end of the list, but hey give me a break)

"A child in Time" by Ian McEwan - I discovered McEwan's writing when I joined a book of the month club, they sent me "Black dogs" which once I picked up I couldn't put down until I had finished it. "A Child in Time" has such a hard emotional impact to me as a parent, I held my childs hand very tightly after reading this.

"Journal of the Plague Year" Daniel Defoe - I have always held a fascination with the plague, from the moment I met Clarence Daniel who wrote the definitive book on the Eyam plague. This book captures the paranoia, solitude and fear of being one of the few who stayed in London during the plague.

Tomorrow Belongs To Me by Peter Millar. This book is a factual documentary, It's the true stories of life behind the iron curtain for a selection of regulars of a bar in a run down East Berlin suburb (the Metzer Eck). As told to Reuters East German office correspondent Peter Millar. On my travels I have drank in such places and this book captures that moment in history from the perspective of the common man.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I admit it, I'm a bit of a techno head. I love my Kindle e-ink device, I bought it for £175 years ago, the screen is really easy on the eye. I have to travel a lot for business, so I really needed something I could manage my email, social streams and also read my books on. Had Amazon got their act together and released the Kindle fire in a timely fashion for the UK market, I would have just upgraded. However by the time they came around to that idea, there was a glut of good priced tablets and after much research I went for the Google Nexus. I run all the major reading apps Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Google reader, and kindle app on the one device. I just need to remember which app the book I'm reading lives in, great opportunity for an all encompassing app there for any developers. I like to learn foreign languages too, so all my Michel Thomas CDs are on there so I can learn on the move.
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The Five Daughters of Spite
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,930. Language: British English. Published: December 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
A collection of 50 poems from the pen of William Davoll. In his collection of verse containing adult themes, Davoll explores the emotions of Fear, Revenge, Betrayal, Injustice and Loss; the five daughters of Spite. Davoll's poetry will take you on a roller-coaster ride of sensations that embody both the real and imagined poetic world.

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