I am the author of four novels and one book of short stories. In 1998 Time Out magazine called my first book, Habitus, “probably the best British fiction début of the last five years,” and when it was published in France...
I am the author of four novels and one book of short stories. In 1998 Time Out magazine called my first book, Habitus, “probably the best British fiction début of the last five years,” and when it was published in France it was judged as one of the top five foreign novels of 2002 finalist in the prestigious French Rentrée Littéraire.
My second novel, 52 Ways to Magic America, claimed the Amazon.co.uk award for the year 2000, and my third, The Book of Ash, won an Arts Council Writers Award and was described by the Independent newspaper's leading literary critic as "a bold British counterpart to DeLillo's Underworld."
Alongside fiction writing I've worked as a journalist for over twenty years. My writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Observer, Sight & Sound, Time Out, The Times, The Independent, Arena, Zembla, The Economist, Dazed & Confused and many other newspapers and magazines, and from 2009-2012 I was Editor-in-Chief of the Telegraph Weekly World Edition.
I have done some film and television work: from 2001-2002 I developed an ambitious cross-platform "social" drama, The Block, with the BBC, and I have scripted various short films, including The Nuclear Train (directed by Dan Saul), which I adapted for Channel 4 television from my short story of the same name.
I also helped found the Port Eliot festival, curated the film tent there for several years, and I read annual excerpts from Midland on stage there as the book evolved. And I'm currently the co-founder and CEO of the health communications start-up Hospify.