Monthly Archives: May 2010


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This weekend marks the 70th. anniversary of the epic withdrawal from Dunkirk, in which 330,000 allied troops were plucked from the beaches after the collapse of the British Expeditionary Force’s campaign in France and Belgium. Many British soldiers did not make it home. One of them was my mother’s fiance, […]

The Very White of Love


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I am pleased to announce that Journey to Ki, the story of my Himalayan odyssey to the highest monastery in the world, has just been published on Kindle ( http://tinyurl.com/2cogfly ) Ki lies behind the Inner Line, a militarised buffer zone between India and Chinese Tibet, in the formidable Spiti […]

Journey to Ki ( Kindle Edition)


I have just uploaded to Kindle a new, revised and updated e-version of Dead Man Provenance ( http://tinyurl.com/24p88yg), the magazine story first published in The Paris Review, which formed the basis of my book, The Poet & The Murderer. It tells the story of a forged Emily Dickinson poem that […]

Dead Man Provenance/Journey to Ki



An issue that is galvanising the local community here on the East End of Long Island, where I spend part of the year, is the proposed closure of Stonybrook’s Southampton Campus. The main mover behind the scheme is the President of Stonybrook, Samuel L. Stanley, a technocrat who has betrayed […]

Save Stonybrook Southampton: Axe the Fat Cats


It’s a rainy day on Long Island, I got back here last week, after being stuck ” under the volcano ” in Britain for a week. It was irritating at the time. But, in fact, it worked out well. It gave me a few more days at home and enabled […]

Of Volcanos and Baldrick; Dojo Films; Beckett, Clegg and Coleridge.