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Monday, 11 September 2017

“IN editorial development”, says the update says on the home page for The Outer Circle. So what does that mean? I thought I would try and explain and bring my esteemed pledgers an update…

            Currently the manuscript is with a text editor who is going through it all with the eye of an eagle to check on typos, repetitions, overuse of words, anomalies et al. When you’ve read the book as many…

The Fair Pitch Project

Saturday, 29 April 2017

BACK in 1973, as a naif coming to London, all long hair and flared cords wondering how to get tickets for Led Zeppelin and Arsenal, I turned up to start a French degree at Bedford College in Regent’s Park, part of London University.

            There, I was given a list of books I needed for the course. It was going to be expensive but in those misty-eyed fortunate days, I had a grant from Dorset…

Life, art...

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

THE DUST has settled on last week’s terror attack in London but for many, specifically those directly involved, the wounds will forever leave scars, mentally and emotionally.

            In the immediate aftermath, as the details began to emerge along with the timeline of the attack, I couldn’t help but be enveloped by the whole narrative. After all, I had imagined just such a scenario for my novel…

Pressing matters...

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

LAST NIGHT was the British Sports Journalism awards in London, for which I was a judge. It was a chance to catch up with old mates and colleagues, some of the best in the British press, radio, TV and websites.

 The big winner was The Guardian and Observer’s very fine football writer Danny Taylor, who broke this year’s big story – one which went from sports page to front page, as the very best can…

What would Tony Adams think?

Thursday, 16 February 2017

AS I watched an abject Arsenal surrender to Bayern 5-1 in Munich last night, I couldn’t help wondering – WWTT. That is to say, What Would Tony Think?

Back in the last century, I worked with Tony Adams - Arsenal’s legendary captain who won league titles with them in three different decades – on his autobiography Addicted.

And over the last two years – alongside completing my novel, The Outer…

The human touch

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

These are dark days for peaceful, law-abiding Muslims simply seeking to worship in freedom and live decent lives without fear of violence against them.

There was the setting on fire of a Mosque in Texas, followed over the weekend by the shocking tragedy in Quebec City where six Muslims were shot dead in an Islamic Cultural Centre. The terrorist attack, for which a white supremacist is being held…

Thanks for coming...

Friday, 27 January 2017

SO, my novel, The Outer Circle, has gone up on Unbound. The first thing to say is thank you to Unbound for helping me get it here - particularly Phil Connor in the office and Mark Bowsher for his smashing video - and all who have made it to this page, especially to those who have pledged so far.

I am - I'm going to say it - proud of this manuscript. I have worked long and hard on crafting and cajoling…

Getting ready for print
Publication date: Autumn 2017
100% funded
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