Welcome to this site. I’m a novelist, non-fiction writer, journalist and teacher and these pages try to bring these things together and explore how ideas become books.

There are updates on

Downstream: a history and celebration of swimming the River Thames

downstream front with skyline(2)

the research behind two current projects

Bad Girls: the story of Holloway Prison

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and

Daisy Belle: Swimming Champion of the World

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some background information on

Family Likeness

FAMILY LIKENESS FINAL PP COVER

and Camden Lock Market

Camden Lock Cover

newspaper clippings that inspired

The Ghost of Lily Painter

final front cover

archive photographs of people who feature in

Taking the Waters: A Swim Around Hampstead Heath

taking the waters covers

and the stories behind my other books

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