I was a journalist for over thirty years, chiefly for The Sunday Times, interviewing the great (and not always good) of the entertainment world. Before that I was the US Editor of Empiremagazine, based in the States, and have contributed to an array of publications, inc. The Guardian, Elle, The Telegraph, Marie Claire, Radio Times, The Word, Entertainment Weekly, as well as assorted broadcast work for BBC1, C4, Five Live, Talksport.
I’m the author of six books, the first three non-fiction — the film biography, Tarantino(Applause, 1995); the football history, Back Home: England and the 1970 World Cup(Orion, 2001), which The Times called “Truly outstanding” and the WW2 survival story, Dead Reckoning: The Dunedin Star Disaster (Orion, 2005), which was nominated for the Mountbatten Maritime Prize.
I then penned the Amazon/Kindle No.1 bestselling historical thriller No Ordinary Killing (Canelo, 2018) and follow-ups The Cold North Sea (2018) and Hell Gate (2020), which continue the pre-WW1 adventures of military intelligence sleuth, Captain Ingo Finch. The latter just came out in digital form (“Riveting and beautifully written,” Alex Gerlis). The series paperbacks and audio follow in 2021.
I have also written for film and have several screenwriting projects in various stages of development.
Non-fiction and historical fiction, largely Twentieth Century.