London’s Weirdest Shops

Well, it wouldn’t be so weird in another time or place (Cornwall, the 1920s?) but every time I pass it I ask myself; what the HELL is a really old-fashioned ship’s chandler’s doing just behind Tottenham Court Road? I mean, it’s bloody miles from the sea, and who in London’s West End needs to buy […]

Why Dark Mysteries Are Popular

I knew it all along. There had to be a reason why we’re attracted to tales of violence. It turns out that the oldest genetically identifiable nuclear family met a violent death, according to analysis of remains from 4,600-year-old burials in Germany. Researchers reckon that the broken bones of these stone age people (mum, dad, […]

Spot The Mistake Answer

Okay, time for the answer, as I’m still getting emails asking what is wrong with the picture – the artist put Bryant’s pipe in May’s hand – May doesn’t smoke. The artwork had to be repainted.

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 […]

Tea Break!

Right, let’s have a nice cup of tea. Just follow these six impossible-to-remember steps, explained by a twitchy-eyed mad hypnotist-type tea expert from 1941 and some ladies who say ‘orf’ a lot – just as well they don’t get onto different types of biscuits, we’d be here all night.

The Pubs That Vanish

In the back of my novel ‘The Victoria Vanishes’ I list all the pubs mentioned in the story. A number of these are under threat from property developers, and some have already disappeared. You can see how many others we’ve lost by looking for corners like this one, now a private residence, on Wharfdale Road, […]

London In The Details

  A wall of hot type names former buildings on a York Way site. After a decade of concrete and glass, and the loss of London’s quirky alleyways, could the city be rediscovering detail in its architecture? Here are three examples from within a hundred metre triangle of King’s Cross. Small steps, perhaps, but much […]

When The Paperboy Calls

Just a reminder that you’ll find excerpts of my forthcoming memoir ‘Paperboy’ on the top right of your screen. The books is currently being proofed and readers’ copies will be available around Christmas. The first photoshoot we’ve done for it pertains to my peculiar obsession with Lois Lane. Typical that I should have collected the […]

A Rare Glimpse Of London

This was footage found in Australia, showing London life in 1904 – it’s slightly too fast, but one of the best clips I’ve ever seen about ordinary Londoners. Watch out for the train in the end shot, crossing Fleet Street. 

Those Crazy Folks At Amazon

  In my inbox this morning: Dear Amazon.com Customer, We’ve noticed that customers who have purchased The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover have also purchased Winky’s Horse on DVD.  Obvious, really, to link a neo-Jacobean revenge drama in which naked lovers are locked in a truck filled with rotting meat before one of them is cooked […]