In real harsh writer terms I am now cutting characters from the Novel. Emily is really not needed as annother female character, Mary is wayyyyyy more developed and more juxposed to my two main characters, and I was thinking of inventing annother character called Oscar- who to be fair is a "nice" version of Arthur, he and Mary could get together! Highlight annother way that relationships between classes and race could come about.
Anyway - been developing the "tool" characters that were innitially in the book just to spurn on the plot - namely Terry the dealer and Judy Arthurs girlfriend.
Well.. all that and sleeping and eating chinese takeaway!