Ten years ago I used to write a column for The Observer magazine called The Small Ads. As the name suggested, I trawled the classifieds looking for stories. The principle was very simple. At the heart of all narrative is change. When someone is placing a classified ad, they are changing in some small way. […]
Every day, up and down the country, hundreds of people come together to discuss books, in front rooms, kitchens, libraries and pubs. Over the last three decades, the book group has become a massive cultural phenomenon. In sheer numbers of people taking part, it’s one of the biggest cultural activities taking place in the UK, […]
The Birdwatcher has been chosen as one of the long listed books for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2017. Very chuffed to be among that line up.
… a short video explaining why I set The Birdwatcher in Dungeness. “I wanted somewhere bleak. Somewhere where the landscape could be as much a character as the people themselves.”
The Birdwatcher video. The house at the end is where I imagined the murder of Bob Rayner to have taken place.