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.
As a co-author, my mission is to help thoughtful, experienced, knowledgeable individuals write great books that tell complex truths in a clear, vibrant way that readers can both understand and enjoy. Books that will change lives, books that will open up perspectives. I want readers to say ‘Now I understand!’, and then use understanding that to make their lives and our world better.
The Beermat Entrepreneur, a how-to manual on entrepreneurship co-authored with business founder Mike Southon, has probably achieved this aim the most, having been a UK bestseller and been published around the world. If you want to work with me, check out the style.
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 - whichever side you support, this book will help you get your facts right.
Perfect Written English tells you how to make your own writing clear, lively and elegant, at work or if writing for your own pleasure.
I have also written fiction. In the 1990s, I wrote four crime novels set in China. I have recently given them a thorough re-edit, and they are now with my agent in New York. I also write novellas and Journey to the Middle Kingdom was a 'travel biography'.
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