13th August 2020

Flattered to discover that “The Conjuror’s Bird” is mentioned in an impressive scientific work, one that contains a section about the Mysterious Bird of Ulietea. Feels strange (but pleasing) to see it sitting in such company…

Thanks to Mike Lee for pointing out the reference. I’m looking forward to reading his recent book about French explorers in the South Seas in the Joseph Banks/Captain Cook period…

1st August 2020

I loved this article in The New York Times magazine. I’ve always been fascinated by swifts…

27th June 2020

‘Fourteen weeks of lockdown and I still haven’t read Ulysses.’

20 June 2020 – Ever since I discovered his amazing book The Red Tree, I’ve been a massive fan of Shaun Tan, who has now won the Kate Greenaway Medal. His Tales from Outer Surburbia is one of my very favourite books.

15th May 2020 – Current lockdown reading:

7th April 2020 – Strange times… The book currently by my bedside is:

Rooftoppers Rooftoppers By Katherine Rundell

20th March 2020

Some lovely reviews in for “The Samarkand Conspiracy”, and thanks to Goodreads readers for their comments and ratings. “Oh my goodness, but I LOVE this series!! ..Mrs. Hudson and Flotsam are, in a word, delightful.”

12th March 2020 – The big day! Summer in London, and it’s so hot even the criminals have left town. Bored and restless, Sherlock Holmes frets while Dr Watson studies the papers for possible cases. But when, in the distant Carpathians, a train disappears in a tunnel, never to be seen again, the authorities are quick to turn to the great detective. A British agent carrying a vital coded message is missing, a diplomat’s wife is being blackmailed, peculiar telegrams are arriving from Romania – while in a sleepy English village, a rural vicar is perplexed to find that his spectacles keep going missing…

5th March 2020 – One week to go until Mrs Hudson and The Samarkand Conspiracy hits the shelves (and tablets)!

1st March 2020 – My new website is now under construction and will be appearing soon. In fact, if you’re reading this, it has already appeared. Hurrah!