Reading & Writing

The Lady Downstairs

This illustration was produced by Michael Nicholson for the BBC, with the excellent Hannah Gordon reading an abbreviated version of my Sherlock Holmes story ‘The Lady Downstairs, click here.

Paperboy Lists

I know it’s a guy-thing to endlessly adjust lists of favourite or hated films/books/football teams, but one of the things I’ve done in my upcoming memoir ‘Paperboy’ is to include lots of lists. One is a list of words I read in hearty kids’ adventure novels but didn’t quite understand at the age of ten: […]

The Covers That Didn’t Make It

I was turning out a cupboard yesterday and found throwing out old artwork from my days in film marketing. Each time I’d written a new book, friends in our studio created a cover for it. This is one for my collection ‘Demonised’, designed by Simon Moore, the art director who created this site. That’s him […]

Hear Here…

If you’d like to hear me discussing crime and inspirations for ‘The Victoria Vanishes’, go here: The Victoria Vanishes Audio Interview

Watch Here…

I’ve always let students make short films from my stories, because I love to see what they come up with, but I’ve never been very good at pointing out where you can find these filmed versions. Hopefully, I’l be able to put this right, starting here. About a dozen different shorts are currently floating about the […]