I don’t really enjoy shopping but you can’t help doing it in London, and I’m certainly not patriotic (I prefer to take a global view). However, these retro desert boots, spotted in Oxford Street, are pretty cool. Tomorrow night we’re having dinner in the Tower Of London and I have to wear a tie – […]
This is actually behind Monte Carlo – I took it from a boat. But if you were ever writing a country house murder or a thriller about a jewel robbery, isn’t this where you might set it?
Posted on 12th September 2009 |
I’d forgotten John Cleese’s wonderful Anne Elk. She reminds me of an awful lot of graduates.
Dan Brown’s new book is approaching in the eye of a media hurricane, and I’ll probably read it despite the lousy writing, because it will be a page turner and will be hugely popular. What was it about The Da Vinci Code that propelled a very ordinary shelf-filler into superstardom? The traditional drama theory goes […]
They’re the kind of books Arthur Bryant would choose to collect, although a few are too weird even for him. Possibly in years to come they’ll be joined by ‘The Peter Andre Story’ and other bestsellers of our time. Especially odd when I recall there are some great books written by professional writer friends that […]
The Independent On Sunday just restarted my column ‘Forgotten Authors’ on September 6th, and will hopefully continue running regularly again, thanks to new lit. ed. Katy Guest. If there’s a forgotten author you’d like to see featured, let me know. I’m especially short of good popular women authors.
Posted on 10th September 2009 |
This blog always responds to what you would most like to find here, so today I’m running a quick poll that will help me to determine what to put on the site. Would you like to see; 1. More fiction (new pieces I’ve written) 2. More personal stuff (what I’ve been up to lately) 3. […]
Reader Karen Pinder has named her little girl after a character in my novel ‘Calabash’, which is a compliment I’ve never had before. The story tells how a boy with too much imagination, trapped in an English seaside town, finds his way to ancient Persia via a portal at the end of the town’s pier, […]
Posted on 8th September 2009 |
I’m not remotely interested in grooming. When I open that free magazine Shortlist and see pages of male hair products (or football) my brain goes somewhere else. I also hate shaving cream because it dries out my skin. However my friend Carmelo invented a new moisturizing shave oil, and now I can’t use anything else. […]