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.

mr and mrs profs


There are updates on two recently published books:

Family Likeness


Camden Lock and the Market


Background information on two current projects:

Downstream: a history and celebration of swimming the River Thames


The Wild Swimmer


Newspaper clippings that inspired

The Ghost of Lily Painter


and archive photographs of people who feature in

Taking the Waters: A Swim Around Hampstead Heath.



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