This is from a great blog.


Zola had to redesign this Rougon-Macquart family tree many times as his cycle of books progressed.


Back again

These 1950’s covers are great, but rather misleading. Can you imagine buying ‘Savage Paris’ with a cover like that, only to get it home and realise it’s an almost plotless tale set in a fish market?

Been a bit busy

If you click on the picture it gets bigger and I look busier.

By the way.. I’m reading at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on 26th August.

It’s in Edinburgh on the 26th of August.

I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to it.

It’s going to be ger, ger, great.


This is the first of a series of five videos which my wife Lorraine has spent a very long time making.