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 history and celebration of swimming the River 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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