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I'm the author of three novels, “Out of Office” and “Fire Horses" (both published by Legend Press), my new comic novel "Kidology," and a collection of short stories and creative non-fiction, "Militant Factions." I've had hundreds of features and opinion pieces published in the Times, Sunday Times, Guardian, Independent, Mail, Express, Telegraph and many more.

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"Dementia brings a unique pain to the misery of lockdown" - my latest Spectator column

Posted on January 8, 2021 at 12:10 PM


“Three days into 2021, an aunt texts to inform that my grandfather has died. In November he was admitted to hospital...

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#FireHorsesQuotes 51: "As you pull into Euston there are hundreds of brick arches alongside the track..."

Posted on January 8, 2021 at 3:45 AM


#FireHorsesQuotes 51: “As you pull into Euston there are hundreds of brick arches alongside the track, erected for some utilitarian purpose like keeping the city from falling down, but I have always imagined them as bricked-up tunnels to foreign countries, to the future and the past, to the iced-over ocean...

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#FireHorsesQuotes 50: "Water columns breezed across the plain, chasing silver grass, ruffling like rabbit fur"

Posted on January 7, 2021 at 3:40 AM


#FireHorsesQuotes 50: “The view from the ridge was like the cover of one of Dad’s sci-fi mags; one of those rare milky days when the moon was as bright as the sun behind the pregnant clouds. Water columns breezed across the plain, chasing silver grass, ruffling like rabbit fur. Hard pillars of steel,...

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#FireHorsesQuotes 49: "...Out into the satanic hills of my youth..."

Posted on January 6, 2021 at 4:40 AM


#FireHorsesQuotes 49: “Without thinking, as if pre-programmed to fuck up, I boarded a train and headed out through Manchester’s streets and blocks and mills, blazing lights scattered among bracken-fields in the night rain, out into the satanic hills of my youth, cowering beneath as they towered above...

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#FireHorsesQuotes 48: "A huge gull lands on the rail..."

Posted on January 5, 2021 at 11:40 AM


#FireHorsesQuotes 48: "A huge gull lands on the rail of the wooden veranda and stares at me with hard dinosaur eyes"

My debut novel, Fire Horses (#火马, #火馬), first published by Legend Press in paperback, is now available on Kindle for just 9...

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#FireHorsesQuotes 47: "The Railway Children Part II..."

Posted on January 4, 2021 at 3:40 PM


#FireHorsesQuotes 47: The Railway Children Part II. When had it changed, when had children stopped waving hankies and started waving fingers?

My debut novel, Fire Horses (#火马, #火馬;), first published by Legend Press in paperb...

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#FireHorsesQuotes 46: "...Watching her lips move..."

Posted on January 3, 2021 at 6:30 AM


#FireHorsesQuotes 46: "...watching her lips move, staring above her head as rain-beads cracked against the glass like glass against glass…"

My debut novel, Fire Horses (#火马, #火馬), first published by Legend Press in paperback, is now a...

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#FireHorsesQuotes 45: "I did feel some sympathy..."

Posted on January 2, 2021 at 6:35 AM


#FireHorsesQuotes 45: "I did feel some sympathy, but it was only the diluted brand you offer someone with a skiing injury"

My debut novel, Fire Horses (#火马, #火馬), first published by Legend Press in paperback, is now available on Kindle for ...

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#FireHorsesQuotes 44: "Geordie lies on a wet towel beneath the cliffs..."

Posted on January 1, 2021 at 7:10 PM


#FireHorsesQuotes 44: "Geordie lies on a wet towel beneath the cliffs, her whirlpool of a navel puckering."

My debut novel, Fire Horses (#火马, #火馬), first published by Legend Press in paperback, is now available on Kindle for just 99p.

 

#FireHorsesQuotes 43: "Through Camden market, bootleg-sellers glancing nervously..."

Posted on December 31, 2020 at 6:25 AM


#FireHorsesQuotes 43: "Through Camden market, bootleg-sellers glancing nervously and leather belts hanging like slaughtered snakes..."

My debut novel, Fire Horses (#火马, #火馬), first published by Legend Press in paperback, is now available on...

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#FireHorsesQuotes 42: "You left England because of Simon Cowell?"

Posted on December 30, 2020 at 5:20 AM


#FireHorsesQuotes 42: "You left England because of Simon Cowell?”

I think about the question seriously. “Yes.”

My debut novel, Fire Horses (#火马, #火馬), first published by Leg...

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#FireHorsesQuotes 41: "The plane buzzes in the distance again..."

Posted on December 29, 2020 at 6:55 AM


#FireHorsesQuotes 41: "The plane buzzes in the distance again and now I’m convinced its message is ‘todos le odia’."

My debut novel, Fire Horses (#火马, #火馬), first published by Legend Press in paperback, is now available on...

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#FireHorsesQuotes 40: "There's only one cloud in the sky..."

Posted on December 28, 2020 at 4:35 AM


#FireHorsesQuotes 40: "There’s only one cloud in the sky. It looks a lot like Bruce Forsyth."

My debut novel, Fire Horses (#火马, #火馬;), first published by Legend Press in paperback, is now available on Kindle ...

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#FireHorsesQuotes 39: "Through the railings a horse trotted jerkily alongside me..."

Posted on December 27, 2020 at 7:30 PM


#FireHorsesQuotes 39: "Through the railings a horse trotted jerkily alongside me like that film by Eadweard Muybridge."

My debut novel, Fire Horses (#火马, #火馬), first published by Legend Press in paperback, is now available on Kindle for jus...

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#FireHorsesQuotes 38: "The more I wandered, the more I wondered..."

Posted on December 26, 2020 at 6:05 AM


#FireHorsesQuotes 38: "The more I wandered, the more I wondered..."

My debut novel, Fire Horses (#火马, #火馬), first published by Legend Press in paperback, is now available on Kindle for just 99p.

 

#FireHorsesQuotes 37: "I don't wanna be a wannabe"

Posted on December 25, 2020 at 9:05 AM


#FireHorsesQuotes 37: "I don't wanna be a wannabe"

My debut novel, Fire Horses (#火马, #火馬), first published by Legend Press in paperback, is now available on Kindle for just 99p.

 

#FireHorsesQuotes 36: "We made shivery love..."

Posted on December 24, 2020 at 4:25 AM


#FireHorsesQuotes 36: "We made shivery love; stars exploded and moons fell apart, and I filled her with oceans and down came the sky"

My debut novel, Fire Horses (#火马, #火馬), first published by Legend Press in paperback, is now available on ...

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#FireHorsesQuotes 35: "Strobes knifed through dry ice..."

Posted on December 23, 2020 at 5:45 AM


#FireHorsesQuotes 35: "Strobes knifed through dry ice; white lines from my nose down over my lips, an electric walrus-"

My debut novel, Fire Horses (#火马, #火馬), first published by Legend Press in paperback, is now available on Kindle for just 99p.

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Life reflecting art: ferry blockade at Dover

Posted on December 22, 2020 at 6:40 AM


My 2017 collection “Militant Factions” includes 26 short stories of which eight were unpublished including “Fumes, Hope & Love”, which depicts a UK on the verge of civil war as Brexit leads to chaos. The story seems weirdly prophetic in the light of recent events and ends with the...

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#FireHorsesQuotes 34: "His philosophical outlook wouldn't change if UFOs landed on Islington Green..."

Posted on December 22, 2020 at 5:50 AM


#FireHorsesQuotes 34: "He had the sort of face that told you his philosophical outlook wouldn’t change an iota if UFOs landed on Islington Green"

My debut novel, Fire Horses (#火马, #火馬;), first published by Legend Press in paperback, i...

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