My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Work to live, don't live to work.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Young Billy McFadzean. Day before the Somme, this young lad saw a grenade with the cotter pin fallen out in his dugout. The whole platoon was in there. So he threw himself on top of the box of grenades to save his mates. Posthumous VC.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Perfection is a campfire by a Dartmoor stream, cooking wild rabbit or pigeon with my family, drinking pints of King & Barnes Old Ale, before a large shot of Stroh Inländer Rom in a hot chocolate (or Grappa in a strong espresso) and sleeping in a bivvy bag, knowing that tomorrow I can go shooting and fishing, and for the first time ever, I will catch a fish. And a good thirty mile walk over the moors. And tomorrow night going to Piacenza and eating a pizza from Fratelli Bufalla. Can I go, now?
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Getting published. A source of enormous pride.
May 26, 2011King’s Gold
There are books and books.
Some grab you as a writer from the very first moment of turning on the computer. Some – well, some of them are more of a struggle. I’ve had plenty of both kinds in my career, but there have been few which have been as mentally traumatic as KING’S GOLD.
Why? Ah, read on!
The idea for this book first came to me a long time ago. I’d been gradually sifting the period for nuggets of brilliance, and the end of King Edward II’s reign was particularly attractive for me. It had everything: infidelity, betrayal, deceit, war and a road trip too! For most of my... see more
October 19, 2010My daughter has started to ask when we can decorate our bedroom. How thoughtful, you may think.
We started our version of the Forth Bridge eight years ago. It was a major undertaking for us. My wife and I did as much as we could, and Cairan did much of the woodwork, Martin the plumbing, and Okehampton Glass renewed our doors and windows – but after all that had begun, there was still our bedroom, hall, stairs and landing to be completed.
But here we get to the nub. My daughter would like a bedroom of her own. I understand she has a legal right not to have to share with her sibling at her age. I would like to comply with... see more