I’ve published four novels to date. They all feature Charles Horton, a Regency waterman-constable and a detective who doesn’t know he’s a detective, because the word doesn’t exist yet. He investigates a series of occurrences which are both inexplicable and terrifying and, as it it turns out, astonishingly weird. The books can be read in order, or as standalone titles.
My first printed thing (outside student journalism) was a book review in the Guardian in 1989. As a journalist, I worked for Financial Times Newsletters and for Baskerville Communications (which was subsequently absorbed into Informa). I also did freelance stuff for the Independent, the Sunday Telegraph, the Evening Standard and the Guardian.
My most recent journalism and writing:
The Way Inn by Will Wiles – book review (Guardian)
A Lovely Way to Burn by Louise Welsh book review (Guardian)
The Disorient Express: in 2013 I went on a mad train journey around Europe, and wrote quite a few things on the way. They’re all here
The Tale of Raw Head and Bloody Bones by Jack Wolf book review (Guardian)
Amazon v. Newspaper: Which is the more valuable review (Guardian)
My parley with book pirates (Guardian): When the author of The English Monster found a request to pirate his novel circulating on discussion board Mobilism, he decided to respond himself – and was surprised by the results
Top Ten Weird Histories?(Guardian): Lloyd Shepherd, author of The English Monster, chooses his favourite weird histories, from Never Let Me Go to The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
The death of books has been greatly exaggerated (Guardian): Radical change is certainly producing some alarming symptoms – but much of the doomsayers’ evidence is anecdotal, and it’s possible to read a much happier story
A post from 2024: A not-entirely-serious look at the future of search
Crimes even lower at sunny Glastonbury
You don’t have to live like a refugee
Various bits and pieces from the 2004 Glastonbury festival
Good things come😕Reading Carter Beats the Devil a year too late
What does your bank say about you?
The house price forecast: squally
Talking rubbish 98% of the time
Let there be policy exclusions
If only you could turn back time
A little knowledge is a profitless thing
You’re a bleedin’ liability, you are
A series of columns badged as The Financial Hypochondriac
Staged fright: A family trip to Thorpe Park
Van extraordinaire: A trip around France in a campervan
King and I: Why I love Stephen King
Primary choice: A guide to choosing a primary school, for the paranoid middle classes
Pitch invasion: All about England World Cup songs
Tainted love: Celebrating Soft Cell
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are yuo writing another book?