I'm the author of three novels, "Kidology," “Out of Office” and “Fire Horses," and one collection of short stories and creative non-fiction, "Militant Factions." I've also had around 20 short stories published in anthologies, magazines and elsewhere.
I've had dozens of major features in the Sunday Times, Times, Guardian, Independent, Mail, Express, Telegraph, Observer, Spectator and many more. I've also appeared on TV and been a guest on BBC radio and lectured in creative writing and journalism.
|Posted on December 10, 2017 at 6:05 AM|
This morning I was on Paddy O’Connell’s “Broadcasting House” to discuss Brexit with The Guardian’s Zoe Williams. Really enjoyed the debate, and hopefully we demonstrated it’s possible to have divergent views about the thorny subject without coming to blows. Which is just as well as Zoe’s bigger than me.Read Full Post »
|Posted on November 17, 2017 at 5:15 AM|
Even though my year of abstinence ended a year ago, I kept my Just Giving page open up to today (17th November 2017) in the hope more people would donate to this incredibly worthy cause. In total, I received donations of approximately £322.30 – thank yo...Read Full Post »
|Posted on November 8, 2017 at 11:55 AM|
In the last three days I’ve been lucky enough to have two new blogs published at The Spectator. On Sunday I argued that for all his many, MANY faults (!) Kevin Spacey shouldn’t have been dropped by Netflix. Today, whyRead Full Post »
|Posted on October 23, 2017 at 9:55 AM|
“William Goldman’s famous quote about Hollywood—“Nobody knows anything”—could also apply to the prolonged, painful extraction of the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU), aka Brexit. The truth is, no-one knows the...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 21, 2017 at 3:00 AM|
For a short time only you can buy my comic novel KIDOLOGY and my collection of fiction and non-fiction, MILITANT FACTIONS, for just £1 each ($1 in the US or Australia).
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|Posted on October 19, 2017 at 11:20 AM|
“My nan turns 96 today (Wednesday 18th October) but it won’t be much of a celebration. I’ll go and see her with ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 16, 2017 at 8:35 AM|
As Hurricane Ophelia reaches Ireland and the UK, my memories drift back to 1987 when, 30 years ago today, I wandered across London on acid as the Great Storm hit. I later used my memories in my...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 9, 2017 at 11:20 AM|
“The mood at the Labour Party’s annual conference is jubilant this year. Following a general election where he performed better than expected—though he still lost—leader, J...Read Full Post »
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"In 1982, aged 15 I boarded my first plane and flew to meet my father and step family in Los Angeles. I never forg...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 29, 2017 at 9:50 AM|
Delighted to announce that my (very) short story, "Behind every cloud there's a clear blue sky," has been published at Legend Press, which published my first two novels "F...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 28, 2017 at 6:30 AM|
Recently a man in Ipswich made headlines when a seagull reportedly ripped of his gonad as he sunbathed nude in his garden. Thankfully the story, which was widely shared, was probably fake - but nevertheless eerily reminiscent of my short story, "White Haw...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 3, 2017 at 6:15 PM|
"As a freelance journalist, when my main employer of four years called to say they were dispe...Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 11, 2017 at 5:05 AM|
Pleased to see my letter (alright - whinge) about finding an agent published in the latest issue of The Author (Summer 2017, Vol CXXVIII No.2). Here is the full text. By the way I'm toying with the idea of listing agents who didn't even respond to my let...Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 2, 2017 at 5:20 AM|
Delighted to announce that the latest versions of all four of my books - "Fire Horses", "Out of Office", "Kidology" and "Militant Factions" - are now available on Kindle at just £3 each.
"Fire Horses" - my epic trawl throu...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 30, 2017 at 7:30 PM|
On Tuesday, as I’m inspecting my navel (see past and indeed future blogs), out of the blue I get a call from the head of HR at the company that has been my main employer for almost four years.
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|Posted on May 28, 2017 at 10:15 AM|
"Daughter, 13, insists on being woken at 6.30am so she can watch Gumball from under blankets for 75 minutes before frantically ...Read Full Post »