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

mr and mrs profs


There are updates on two recently published books

Family Likeness and Camden Lock and the Market


Background information on 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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