Sunday, 31 August 2014

Monday, 11 August 2014

Radio 4 Saturday Review: August 9th 2014 
listen here

On Saturday Review this weekend we discussed...
  • film 'Wakolda' (creepy)
  • book 'My Prefect Cousin (funny)
  • play 'My Night with Reg' (fantastic)
  • radio series 'Home Front' (rubbish)
  • exhibition 'The Art & Science of Exploration 1768-80' (brilliant).

Friday, 1 August 2014

My novel 'Ways of Escape' is out today!


you can buy it on Amazon here
Happy Birthday baby! Prince George turns one... (latest column for The Daily Beast)

'I’ll never forget hearing about the arrival of Prince George: I was cycling toward Hyde Park, a few streets from the hospital. Temperatures had been in the mid-80s for days. At the traffic lights a taxi driver stuck his head out of the window and shouted, “It’s a boy!” Buses, vans, and cars sounded their horns, gun salutes rang out, the bells of Westminster Abbey pealed, and everyone cheered. It was a rare moment of collective London joy...'

Monday, 7 July 2014

This week's column for The Daily Beast: England's summer of sporting failure!

While the U.S. went out in a blaze of World Cup glory, England’s pampered players slouched home in disgrace—and don’t even get us started on Wimbledon. Here in England we’ve long scoffed at American notions of soccer, the fact that you (allegedly) don’t understand injury time and the off-side rule— but their battle against Belgium proved that finally, proper football has come to America. Your team may have been beaten, but at least you fought until the final second. And you know what? We admire you.
The flair, spirit and technical brilliance we’ve seen from the U.S. and other nations in the past few weeks only compounds the humiliation of our English ‘football’ team. I use the term ‘football’ loosely here...