A Word In Your Ear – From Father To Son (or vice versa)

A Word In Your Ear – From Father To Son (or vice versa)

I’ve written a lot of stuff about fathers and sons over the years – it’s the central theme of my most recent novel Gap Years – and I don’t think any of my books fail to mention that defining moment in life when you realise your father is not an all-powerful, omniscient creature. Sorry Dad […]

Live And Let Nope

Live And Let Nope

It is now a truth universally acknowledged that anybody who does anything creative will get battered for expressing personal opinions online. We get told artists aren’t supposed to have political views. Don’t alienate your potential customers, stick to writing/singing/crochet/cheese-making. You know, like George Orwell, Peggy Seeger, Margaret Atwood and Chuck D. Well fuck that. I’ve […]

Life, The Universe and Everything

Life, The Universe and Everything

One thing I’ve noticed about getting older is that my pop-culture references are going out of date. My random shouts of, ‘Monkey Tennis!’ at trailers for new TV shows, or, ‘It wasn’t me that done it, Mr Hoppy!’ in a geordie-esque accent are often met with blank stares anwyay. But most people used to at […]

Why is it so hard for me to admit I don’t know things?

Why is it so hard for me to admit I don’t know things?

The worst advice my father ever gave me was: ‘If you don’t know the answer, make something up and say it authoritatively enough that nobody questions you.’ I think he meant it as a joke, but one of my friends once told me that while I would undoubtedly be useful as a phone a friend […]

I wrote some very funny things for other people’s blogs and you may have missed them

I wrote some very funny things for other people’s blogs and you may have missed them

Unless you’ve had me muted for the last month (which is entirely possible) then you’ll know my new book just completed a blog tour (follow the link for an explanation if you don’t know what that is). I’m quite pleased with how it all came out, and, while I promise I am working on new […]

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

No, not Christmas, and no, not going back to work yesterday morning. Neither of those are really my bag, baby. I’m talking about New Year. I’m fairly sure I’ve written about it before, but I can’t be arsed to hunt through old blog entries to look it up so if this is identical, then I’m […]

Why I decided to keep the dirty bits in my new book

Why I decided to keep the dirty bits in my new book

The big news this Christmas is that I finally finished the book I told myself I wasn’t good enough to write. It’s coming out in February with massed fanfares and another top notch blog tour care of Rachels Random Resources (doing the hard work so I don’t have to). It is called Gap Years and […]

Weaponised Nostalgia – Or how my grandmother’s toast may lead to Armageddon

Weaponised Nostalgia – Or how my grandmother’s toast may lead to Armageddon

There was something magical about my grandmother’s toast. I’m not sure quite what benevolent spells she weaved over what was – to all intents and purposes – just a slice of burned flour and water smeared in congealed cow’s milk, but it worked. She would hand slice some fresh white bread, toast it under her […]

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