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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 dozens of major features in the Times, Sunday Times, Guardian, Independent, Mail, Express, Telegraph and many more. Email me at:


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Scandal and delight: my first article for The Author magazine

Posted on June 15, 2019 at 4:50 AM

Delighted to announce that my first major feature appears in the Summer 2019 (Vol CXXX No. 2) issue of The Author. “Scandal & delight” includes quotes from Toby Litt and Lil...

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RIP Keith Flint (Rave On)

Posted on March 4, 2019 at 7:40 PM

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In 1991 I was living over an Indian takeaway in the Holloway Road with two fellow Yorkies; on the whole they were desperate times, sharing a maggot-infested room with a plank for a toilet door, but getting free popadom when we paid our rent on time ...

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Coming soon at Leicester Square Theatre: Alison Jackson's Double Fake

Posted on February 16, 2019 at 11:05 AM

Recently I’ve been working with BAFTA-winning artist, photographer and film-maker Alison Jackson, writing a show based on her unique work creating lookalikes of famous people. It’s Alison’s ...

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The Wonders of Oz: my latest travel feature in the Daily Mail

Posted on February 7, 2019 at 2:30 AM

Standing beneath a blazing Outback sun with my wife and two children, I am staring at a rock.

It's a big rock -not as big as expected, but certain...

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My latest Spectator article on social housing in today's magazine

Posted on January 17, 2019 at 2:40 PM

“On turning 50, I realised I’d never own my own home. What bank would agree to give a mortga...

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"To remember times past, I took a trip down memory lane - literally..."

Posted on November 25, 2018 at 7:20 PM

"When Mark Piggott realised how many events and places that were import...

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Hear me discussing Brexit with Emma Barnett on BBC 5 Live

Posted on November 14, 2018 at 8:10 AM

Just been a guest on 5 Live where I discussed Brexit with the wonderful Emma Barnett. You can hear our discussion here.


"Ian Davenport Lines Up Colorful Vision": read my interview with this fantastic artist

Posted on October 1, 2018 at 7:35 PM

Recently I was lucky enough to meet Turner-shortlisted artist Ian Davenport ahead of his new display at at the Waddington Custot Gallery in London. Read my interview at the Blouin Art Info website.

Another massive thank you to the Royal Literary Fund!

Posted on September 15, 2018 at 7:45 PM

For the third year running I am deeply indebted to the wonderful Royal Literary Fund for their extremely generous grant. This money will enable me to finally finish some major projects I am very excited about –...

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My latest Long Read at The Independent: "How I survived a holiday from hell"

Posted on August 21, 2018 at 5:15 PM

Sunday morning. On a particularly busy section of the A2 – our old car hemmed in by transcon...

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My latest Sunday Express feature: "Secrets and spies ...battle for Britain"

Posted on August 20, 2018 at 3:25 AM

"As Europe’s team claims the UK is bugging Brexit meetings, the Sunday Express finds the transcript* of a meeting atten...

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My latest Independent column: "I'm an older dad but I was raised by a teenage mum"

Posted on August 4, 2018 at 7:25 PM

"On reading that former Tottenham Hotspur legend and shampoo salesman David Ginola has become a father again at the age of 51, my first response was: “Sacré ble...

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"How a family hiking trip left me thinking about mortality": read my Long Reads feature in The Independent.

Posted on July 24, 2018 at 3:15 AM

"Rising from a stranger’s bed I pull aside the cur...

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The perils of being a World Cup widower: my latest Sunday Express column

Posted on July 8, 2018 at 6:05 AM

"Now, I’m as much of an England fan as the next man (if the next man is Jean-Claude Juncker) but to be honest, after three solid weeks the novelty of watching...

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"Being a northerner is a state of mind" my latest column in today's Sunday Express

Posted on July 1, 2018 at 5:25 AM

"When a Newcastle academic called me a southerner recently I almost choked on my mushy peas. "Tripe!" I muttered. When my wife had handed me my tripe I had to resist the temptation to kick a whip...

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My latest GIDSS Report from London: Clueless, Friendless, Lacking Vision But Theresa May Will Remain Prime Minister

Posted on June 4, 2018 at 6:40 AM

"Any doubts that UK Prime Minister Theresa May doesn't have a clue what she is doing have been well and truly dispelled by her Sunday Times c...

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"The future generation is utterly baffling" - my latest parenting blog for the Independent

Posted on May 28, 2018 at 7:35 PM

"Older people have been moaning about younger people since Aristotle, but it does seem the generation gap has widened in recent decades – due partly to ...

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Report from Windsor: Fairytale Royal Wedding Sets Back UK Republican Movement by 50 Years

Posted on May 21, 2018 at 1:25 PM

"Dysfunctional relatives, dodgy paparazzi deals, B-list TV celebrity, divorce, death, and tragedy: surely Meghan Markle knew what she was getting into when she entered into ...

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"I live in a five bedroom council house which I don't need..." My latest feature at The Independent

Posted on May 12, 2018 at 9:30 AM

"No-one should be forced to move just because their circumstances have changed, but many tenants would like to downsize to escape the effects of the bedroom ...

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