I am a professional writer, and have earned my living from words since my first book, Journey to the Middle Kingdom, was published back in 1991.
The Beermat Entrepreneur, a how-to manual on entrepreneurship co-authored with business founder Mike Southon, was a UK and Amazon bestseller, and has been published around the world. Mike and I are currently lecturing at Cass Business School, London.
Eurovision! A History of Modern Europe through the World's Greatest Song Contest tells the story of Europe since 1956, using the Eurovision Song Contest (of which I'm a big fan) as a 'lens' through which to view it. Graham Norton described it as 'A feast for any Eurovision fan'.
First Class tells the history of Britain since 1840 using postage stamps ('Irresistible,' said the Daily Telegraph). A History of America in 36 Postage Stamps is about... Well, have a guess.
I studied counselling and therapy when I was younger, and became particularly fascinated by Transactional Analysis. Stephen Karpman's Drama Triangle seemed a particularly powerful model, and I have recently written an ebook about it.
Finally (wearing my non-fiction hat) (? the one in the picture above), I wanted to write about my own craft. Perfect Written English tells you how to make your writing clear, lively and elegant (not 'perfect' - that title was the publisher's idea).
I write fiction, too. In the 1990s, I created four crime novels set in China. I am working on a novel and have self-published three novellas. What's the Bloody Point of it All was written as Kit West; the two Hillwalker stories are by my eccentric alter ego, Lytchett Maltravers.
Journey to the Middle Kingdom was a 'travel biography'.
I also co-author and 'ghostwrite'.
So you can see I've been busy. Thank you for visiting my site. Please click around.