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Introducing ... Borrowed.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Hello all.

Just a short, sharp shedpost (Is it called a shed anymore? I must check) about a project that I'm involved with that, with your help, will be published by Unbound.

Borrowed is a short story collection featuring contributions from Unbound authors Shona Kinsella, Ian Skewis, Claire Patel-Campbell, Lou Allison, Paul Holbrook, Elena Kaufman, Erinna Mettler and me. 

ALL royalties…

Pottering in other sheds

Monday, 7 December 2015

Hey shedfolk!

I haven't written anything in this shed for a while because I've been pottering in some other sheds.

Firstly, Dr Sue Black's Saving Bletchley Park, which I contributed a large chunk of research and writing to, is being sent out to subscribers next week and will be in the shops early next year.

Secondly, my next book Why Did The Policeman Cross The Road? is fully funded and will…

Cornbury 2015

Sunday, 12 July 2015

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It's been a while since I've posted in this shed - sorry about that. All my efforts have been going into getting another book Why Did The Policeman Cross The Road? funded (which it now is) so I have somewhat neglected this book. But yesterday I got to talk about the Connectoscope again, in a roundabout way, and even sold a few copies of this book. Happy face (and how cool is it to see your name on…


Tuesday, 9 December 2014

It's always nice to read nice things written about oneself and I was delighted yesterday to be directed by a friend to some reviews of 'Connectoscope' that I hadn't seen before on sites like Goodreads and Waterstone's. These are all customer reviews (the ones that count) and it makes me very happy to think that a book I wrote is making people smile. Even better - I haven't found a bad review yet!


Friday, 26 September 2014

Hello m'dearios.

Just a quick shedpost to ask a favour.

If you liked 'Connectoscope', you might like my new book Why did the policeman cross the road?

Admittedly, it's a very different kind of book to 'Connectoscope'. Although it is full of interesting facts.

It's the story of my time in Scotland Yard's experimental Problem Solving Unit, where we were asked to find innovative new solutions…

Joined-Up Thinking is back

Sunday, 31 August 2014


If you enjoyed Constable Colgan's Connectoscope (and thank you if you helped to fund it!), you'll know that it was the sequel to a previous book published by Pan Macmillan called Joined-Up Thinking. You can still get copies of the original hardback and paperback in shops and on the web. However, I recently got back the rights to J-UT and so I've updated it and slightly expanded it and it's now available…

'ello 'ello 'ello

Friday, 4 July 2014

Well, I said that I'd do it and I have. My new book, Why did the Policeman cross the Road is up on Unbound and, I'm delighted to say, is already 11% funded after just 4 days. Of course, that means there's still 89% - a long way - to go yet but I'm hopeful that I'll get there.

Of course, I can't do that alone. I can bleat on Twitter all I like but it's personal recommendation that gets people pledging…

Well Hello!

Friday, 25 April 2014

Blimey Charlie, it's been a while hasn't it? I figured it was about time I said hello to all you lovely people who helped to make Constable Colgan's Connectoscope happen. And it's about time I brought y'all up to speed on what's going on in Connectoscope Land.

I've been extraordinarily busy since the book came out. Apart from working on the new series of QI and The Museum of Curiosity, I've also…

Shall I? Shan't I?

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Hello Sheddyfolk

As usual it's all hands to the pumps, all feet to the pedals, and buttocks to the grindstone here at Castle Colgan. Work on writing the new L series of QI continues apace - it's going to be a good 'un! - and we're startng to think about who we'd love as guests on this year's series of The Museum of Curiosity. I may also be working on another TV show as well but more news of that…


Wednesday, 29 January 2014

At last! After several months of behind-the-scenes wrangles (it's not as easy to get an audiobook online as you'd imagine) the audiobook of Connectoscope is finally ready to be downloaded INTO YOUR BRAINS. I recorded it last year at the amazing House of Strange Studios where various Mumfords, Trapped Tigers and other excellent bands have beaten a path before me.

I hope you enjoy it! Now I can be…

A belated Happy New Year!

Friday, 17 January 2014

Hello Shedfolk

Welcome to twenty fourteen! Or two thousand and fourteen. Or two hundred and one four. No, that doesn't work.

Oh my bushy beard, it's been an age since I last threw some words into my shed hasn't it? I can only apologise. Well, I could also chastise myself with a sharkskin scourge but I'm not going to.

In my defence, it's been a monstrously busy year. I've been the length,…

Constable Colgan's Hallowe'en Quiz

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Can you guess all of the answers to my quiz? Be one of the first three people to enter correctly in the comments below and you could win a copy of Constable Colgan's Connectoscope.


1. With her green skin, pointy hat and cackling voice, The Wicked Witch of the West from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, has become the iconic popular face of fictional witches. Throughout the films and books, she…

It's all over bar the shouting ...

Saturday, 18 May 2013


Hello Shedfolk.

At last, finally, amazingly ... the Connectoscope has arrived! Actual physical copies - that YOU made happen - arrived in the warehouse yesterday. So they will start to be posted out to you soon. I'll be signing the ones that need signing and the ebook is well on the way. The audiobook gets sorted next month.

I'm so chuffed. In fact, I was so excited yesterday when my copies…

Busy Busy Busy

Wednesday, 1 May 2013


Well, it's all go at the mo!

Work continues apace on the new series of QI. We're recording three episodes per week at the moment and it's all going very well. Lots of your favourite guests are back, plus some QI virgins. At time of writing this we have six in the can and 10 more to go.

I'm also out and about doing talks and appearances. A couple of weekends back, I did QEDCon in Manchester among…

Print and be Damned!

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Today is a BIG day shedfolk. For today, Constable Colgan's Connectoscope has gone to the printers. I am almost embarrassingly tumescent with excitement.

And YOU made it happen. Yes, you.

You believed in me. You believed in the book. You stuck your hands in your pockets and rummaged about. Then, when you'd finished, you went and found some of your hard-earned and precious money and, despite the…

Cor! It's Constable Colgan's Connectoscopic Cover!!

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Sc and tg s

Yesterday evening I went into London to meet with top-Johnny artist and all round lovely fellah Mr Tom Gauld. The reason? Two-fold really. Firstly, I wanted to catch him before a signing of his marvelous new book of cartoons You're All Just Jealous Of My Jetpack (and, of course, get my own signed copy).

But, more importantly, I wanted to say 'thanks' to him because he's only bloody gone and…

Well hello!

Monday, 22 April 2013

Hello Shedfolk

It's been an AGE hasn't it? I'm really sorry about that but life simply got in the way. Quite apart from the work on QI, I've been all over the place promoting the book that you've helped to make. In the past couple of months I've done talks in Oxford, at the Institute of Engineering and Technology in London, Conway Hall (the Humanist Society), the Royal Masonic School, Buckinghamshire…

And the doors slam shut ...

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Hello Shedfolk.

Well, it's all over bar the shouting. If you were looking at upping your pledge to get the amazing print of the cover, I'm afraid you've missed the boat. You'll be so mad when you see it!

Oh, but I jest; I know that times are hard and I'm hugely grateful that you could spare any of your hard-earned cash in making this book happen. I'm sure you won't be disappointed. You may …

We're creeping up the hill of completeness

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Hello m'dearios. A quick update on all things connectoscopic.

This week I've been looking over the galleys. By that I mean the proof copies of the book, laid out as they will be in the final tome (rather than examining some old Roman boats). The Connectoscope is looking delicious, really pants-stretchingly exciting. The care that Unbound is taking over it is truly flattering. The book already feels…

Unbound Oxford - Eight Minutes about Eight Minutes

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

I've just got back from Unbound's first live event in Oxford and it was great fun. You can see a little write-up about it on my blog here. My talk tonight was called Eight Minutes about Eight Minutes because that's how long we were given to speak. So here it is, exclusively for my Shed Folk ...

Eight minutes is the average time people take to ... load a dishwasher after feeding a family, hoover a…

And the winner is ...

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Heather Wilde!

Well done Heather - you win the painting (if indeed you want it!). It will form part of the front cover of the book when published.

Someone will be in touch shortly to find out how to get it to you.


The 25% Competition!

Monday, 11 June 2012

Hello lovely Shed Folk.

To mark me reaching a quarter of the total I need to get my new book published, I've decided to hold a competition. The winner will win a beautifully hand-bound, utterly unique signed copy of my first book Joined-Up Thinking (see my previous Shedpost). To get some idea of what it will look like, have a butcher's at some images of bookbinder Amanda Slope's work over on my blog…

Aural Sexiness!

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Hello Shed Folk. So, here's the thing ... with me not being as famous as Terry Jones or as popular as Robert Llewellyn or as fashionable as Hardeep Singh Kohli or as good a dancer as Katy Brand or as downright sexy as Mrs Stephen Fry or Adrian 'Ferocious Duck' Teal, I felt that I needed a way to give you, my supporters, more bang for your buck. You see, £10 for an ebook - the lowest level of pledging…

Publication date: October 2013
109% funded
414 backers