Art of Misdirection – free sample

Below you’ll find the first three chapters from my forthcoming novel, The Art of Misdirection. In this extract we meet the apprentice thief, Hudson, and his legendary mentor, Howell, as they embark on a dangerous art heist.

If you’d like to read more, please support the novel, currently crowdfunding at Inkshares. Continue reading Art of Misdirection – free sample

Interviewed: Nick Hornby, writer of High Fidelity, Fever Pitch and Funny Girl

Back in 2003, I snaffled Nick Hornby’s email address from a document I maybe shouldn’t have had access to, and boldly dropped him a line asking if he’d be willing to answer a few questions for me for publication in the Bath/Bristol creative magazine, Decode.

nick-hornbyTo my surprise, Hornby got back to me the very next day. Continue reading Interviewed: Nick Hornby, writer of High Fidelity, Fever Pitch and Funny Girl

Interviewed: Markus Zusak, writer of The Book Thief and The Messenger

Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief and The Messenger (US title, I Am the Messenger) spoke to me way back in 2007, shortly following the paperback release of The Book Thief. Continue reading Interviewed: Markus Zusak, writer of The Book Thief and The Messenger

Interviewed: Jonathan Safran Foer, writer of Everything Is Illuminated and Eating Animals

The writer of Everything Is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Eating Animals talked to me back in 2004 about his journey towards publication. Continue reading Interviewed: Jonathan Safran Foer, writer of Everything Is Illuminated and Eating Animals

ENGLAND’S FINEST CRIMINAL MINDS ARE ABOUT TO GO TO WAR …

I’m happy to report my first novel, The Art of Misdirection, is now available for preorder from Inkshares.

The Art of Misdirection tells the true story of how the nation’s art treasures were hidden in tube stations, country homes and caves during the second world war, along with the fictional story of an apprentice art thief who is betrayed by his mentor and sets out across war-torn London determined to get his revenge. Continue reading ENGLAND’S FINEST CRIMINAL MINDS ARE ABOUT TO GO TO WAR …

The Art of Misdirection: new cover art

My first novel, The Art of Misdirection, is now available to preorder from crowd-funding site Inkshares. Exciting times. I’ll share some more info on my experiences with Inkshares to date, and why I chose to go this route soon.

For now I wanted to share some new artwork that helps give a sense of the book.  Continue reading The Art of Misdirection: new cover art

Other people’s bookmarks

For my latest project I needed to understand amateur film-making from a particular time in recent history and picked up a copy of the Super 8 Handbook, by George D. Glenn & Charles B. Scholz from Amazon.

IMAG0063The edition that arrived was published in 1980. It has a pretty funky cover but I most a pleased to find the check-out record sheet from Nottinghamshire Central Library still in place (book last withdrawn 22. Jul 97), along with a bus ticket for Trent buses, dated 11:12 22 JUL 97.

I get a lot of pleasure from knowing a book’s history in this way, and to know that someone last read this particular book eighteen years ago.


Currently reading: The Silence, by Tim Lebbon. This UK set horror opens with a hoard of flying monsters escaping from a just-revealed cave in Eastern Europe who destroy everything in their path as they make their way across the continent. Superlative monster fiction… thus far.