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.

There are updates on two recently published books, the novel Family Likeness and the non-fiction book Camden Lock and the Market.

There’s also background information on two current projects. The upcoming book on Thames swimming to be published in April 2015 by Aurum Press:

Downstream: A Social History of Swimming the Thames

And a novel called The Wild Swimmer about the life of Daisy Belle, a Victorian ‘champion lady swimmer of the world.’

As well as 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.

mr and mrs profsVictorian Swimming Professors, photo courtesy Dr Ian Gordon




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