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I recently learned of the death of my English teacher at school, Richard Jones, or “Twitch,” as he was known to us boys, because of the involuntary smile that would crease his face at regular, but unpredictable times. In many ways, it is because of  “Mister Jones” (as I knew […]

An Inspiring Teacher


I loved doing this story for National Geographic about the return of whales to New York. We went on whale watching cruise around New York harbor two weeks ago. I then interviewed various experts. Here is an extract: As the boat chugs back to where we started, in Far Rockaway, […]

Thar’ she blows! Whales are back in New York.


I am thrilled by this cover for the new Spanish edition of my book by the wonderful Impedimenta publishing house in Madrid. We have had fantastic reviews, in El Pais among others.

The Poet and The Murderer Spanish Edition



I am delighted to announce that Impedimenta, in Madrid, will publish a new Spanish edition of my True Crime book, The Poet and The Murderer. They have done a great job and I am really honoured to appear on their list next to literary titans like Iris Murdoch and Patrick […]

Spanish To Publish The Poet And The Murderer


"One of the best reads in a decade. The subject matter sounds academic, but it is a page turner. The things you will learn about forgery, crime, psychology and the Mormon Church are jaw-dropping. I have given this book as a gift to artists, professors, teenagers and a Protestant minister. To a person, they describe it as one of the best books that they have ever read."

New 5* Review for The Poet And The Murderer


I am delighted to report that the Spanish publisher Impedimenta is going to bring out a new edition of The Poet and The Murderer in July 2019. They publish few, but beautiful, books each year. Their other writers including Iris Murdoch, Penelope Fitzgerald and Patrick White. So I will be […]

New Spanish Edition Of The Poet And The Murderer



IMG_4562 (2)IMG_4567 (2)Last week I had the pleasure of doing a reading from The Very White Of Love for the Waverton Good Read Award. I am delighted to have been long-listed for this unique award, which is given by members of the community of the village of Waverton, near Chester. […]

Waverton Good Read Award


You only have to look at one to understand why. With their long legs, slender bodies, distinctive teardrop markings, and coats that look as if they’d been designed by Louis Vuitton, cheetahs are the supermodels of the feline world. They’re also the least aggressive. Try putting a jaguar in your luxury SUV, and it’ll rip your throat out.

The Trade In Cheetahs: An Impoverished Country Fights Back


The Very White Of Love drew many comments from readers who had similar stories. So I am going to post a number of these. Like Nancy, my mother, and the main character in The Very White Of Love, thousands of women in Britain lost their fiancés in the war and went on to remarry. But the love they lost continued to affect their families, like a subterranean river flowing under the family house.

Readers Share Their Stories About Wartime Loss & Love