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Sunday, 28 May 2017

Hello everyone,

It’s been a while since I’ve been in touch. In fact, the last time you heard from me was just ahead of the hardcover publication of The Half Life of Joshua Jones, which I hope you’ve all enjoyed! It’s a great pleasure for me to be getting in touch now with the book out in paperback in just a few days.

Since the initial publication last year, I’m grateful to have received…

Joshua Jones book launch party May 12th Highgate Library.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Dear friends and readers,

I'd like to invite you to celebrate the book launch of The Half Life of Joshua Jones.   

7.30 - 9.30pm  May 12th, Highhate Library Cultural and Civic Centre, Croftdown Rd, NW5 1HB

I will read from the book, tell a few stories, sign anything you want and best of all, there will be a glass of wine waiting for you. Feel free to bring your friends. 


The Half LIfe of Joshua Jones is available in shops and on Amazon

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Most of you should have received your copies of The Half Life of Joshua Jones by now. Every day I'm getting great feedback from those of you who have read it already. There are some quick readers out there!  I'm delighted (and relieved) with the lovely things people are saying thus far. An author doesn't really fully comprehend what he/she has written until a reader reads it. 

If you haven't receieved…

Sorry for the delay

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Dear Supporters,

I'm really sorry for the delay. It is out of my hands. The final proofs went off to the printer last week and the full jacket design is done. All that remains is the printing and posting. I have moved on and have just completed a film script called George and George about two men who escape from a mental insititution. And I will be co-directing my first feature film with brother…

Last chance saloon: Nov 18th.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Hello lovely friends and supporters. Unbound have just told me that the cut off date for people who want to support the book and get their names in the back is November 18th. After this date the book can still be ordered through the website but it will be too late to get your name in it as a patron. People who have already supported the book should all have received an email checking the names you…

You're invited to come to a talk on Nov 7th 2015 at 8pm

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

This date has been in the diary a long time. I'll be talking about my books, my experiences of the publishing industry and telling lots of stories. It will be an intimate evening in a cafe style atmosphere. I won't be selling copies of The Half Life of Joshua Jones because they are not quite ready! If you can make it please say hello afterwards. All details below. 



Saturday, 3 October 2015

Here is a sneak preview of the book cover.

Looks great, doesn't it? But the question on everyone's lips is when is it going to arrive. It's a good question. Publishing a book seems to take an inordinately long time but there are reasons for it. I spent the best part of a month editing with Liz Garner. She sent me an initial appraisal of the book summarising the themes and characters in the…

When Joshua Jones goes down a cave so does Danny Scheinmann

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Researching a novel can be a lot of fun. When Joshua Jones went in to the cave where his father died I thought I had better follow him. The South Wales Caving Club very kindly gave me special access to one of the biggest cave networks in Britain. It was a terrifying and exhilirating experience and was vital in making the caving sequences in the book authentic. There is a real before and after about…

What happened when Joshua Jones fell asleep in the cemetery?

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

This clip is filmed in Highgate Cemetery where Karl Marx is buried. You are officially not allowed to film in the cemetery but no one can stop you putting your camera on the pavement outside and filming through the bars. And no one can stop a man talking to himself whilst apparently on a visit. It was just a coincidence that the camera happened to be pointing at the man when he was speaking.


What happened to Joshua Jones at the men's pond?

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Here is a short amusing video where I try (and fail) to explain what happened to Joshua Jones when he visited the men's bathing pond at Hampstead Heath. Sometimes the out takes are better than the film! 

There are now rather a lot of people in my shed on the Unbound website - over 160 - I'm going to have to build an extension. Move those spades and maybe put a window in. I will however continue…

Ever felt lost? Enjoy it. Watch a story from the book

Monday, 23 March 2015

I love reading traditional stories for their wisdom. Good stories are like stones that are polished and polished by storytellers until they become shiny nuggets of truth that are universal to all cultures. When we were filming the promotional video for the book I took the time to record one such traditional story used in the book for my shed. (See attached video.)

I love this particular story because…

Welcome to my shed

Thursday, 19 March 2015

A huge thank you for supporting "The Half Life Of Joshua Jones". Writing can be a lonely, isolating experience and it is a source of great encouragement to know that you are there with me. 

Like many of you I am just getting my head round this whole new Unbound experience. Until recently I was a luddite when it came to social media. I was a late-adopter but always admired people like Stephen Fry…

Publication date: June 2017
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