I'm a U.K.-based nonfiction writer who comes from a visual arts background. I've produced five full-length nonfiction books: Fear and Loathing in Fitzrovia (2003), North Soho 999 (2007), Members Only (2010), Rendezvous at the Russian Tea Rooms (2015), and King Con (2018). 

Under the title of The Look of LoveMembers Only was adapted into a big budget movie, directed by Michael Winterbottom and starring Steve Coogan. I was wittily cast in the unflattering cameo role of Lord Longford, the anti-pornography campaigner. The role was originally a speaking part, but the dialogue between myself and Steve Coogan ended up being dropped during the final round of cutting. I remain visible, however, in the finished film, resplendent in a horrible 1970s polyester suit, a frizzy wig and some round-framed glasses that contribute towards making me appear even shiftier than the film’s anti-hero.

Alongside my nonfiction books, I've compiled four collections of writing by the bohemian dandy Julian Maclaren-Ross, who was the subject of Fear and Loathing in Fitzrovia. These books consist of Selected StoriesCollected MemoirsBitten By the Tarantula and Other Writing, and Selected Letters, which garnered praise from Sarah Waters and other prominent writers and critics, whose enthusiasm helped to revive Maclaren-Ross's literary reputation.

I've also contributed to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and written occasional journalism for a wide variety of publications, including the Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian, the Spectator, the London Times, the Independent, the Independent on Sunday, and BBC History Magazine. My journalistic assignments have encompassed interviews with a wide range of writers. Click the following links to read interviews with Michael Connelly, Gordon Burn, George Melly, Iain Banks, Joan Wyndham, John King, Alan Sillitoe, and Will Self

On a less serious note, I devised, compiled, and worked as co-photographer on a photo book called Teenage Flicks (2008)a jokey tribute to Subbuteo, the kids’ football game. Juxtaposed with the pictures were Subbuteo-playing reminiscences by a deliberately incongruous selection of people, among them the novelist Will Self, the comedian David Baddiel, the former England football manager Graham Taylor, and Tony Blair's former press advisor Alastair Campbell. Click here to view sample photos from Teenage Flicks

My photographic collaborator Andi Sapey and I later worked together on the front cover photo of Rendezvous at the Russian Tea Rooms—an image that was commissioned by the Little, Brown Book Group.


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