I am a professional writer, and have earned my living from words since my first book, Journey to the Middle Kingdom, was published in 1991.
I do a lot of 'ghosting' and co-authoring. My mission is to help thoughtful, knowledgeable individuals create great books that tell complex truths in a clear way.
The Beermat Entrepreneur, a how-to manual on entrepreneurship co-authored with business founder Mike Southon, has achieved this aim the most, having been a UK bestseller and published around the world. Mike and I are currently lecturing at Cass Business School, London.
I also write under my own name.
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. The quality of debate on 'Europe' is often very poor - Europhile or Eurosceptic, this book will help you get your facts right in the run-up to December 31, 2020.
First Class told the history of Britain since 1840 using postage stamps ('Irresistible,' said the Daily Telegraph). A History of America in 36 Postage Stamps did what it said on the cover.
Perfect Written English tells you how to make your own writing clear, lively and elegant.
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'.
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