Archive for October, 2016

My current writing project is my first proper foray into non-fiction: a collection of tales about running in the city.

When I’m not writing, I run. And I run pretty much exclusively on the streets of London. Now I’ve read a whole bunch of running books (recent favourites are Dean Karnazes and Adharanand Finn) and for the most part they focus on runs in stunning countryside, through deserts and up and down mountains, that kind of thing. All well and good, but it’s probably not most people’s experience of running, and honestly, give me a grimy part of the city, a taco truck for mid-run fuelling and the occasional stop for the kind of unexpected goings-on you get in your average metropolis, and I’ll take that over a lakeside view or a scrabble up a mountain pass all day long.

More about the running in upcoming posts, but the big news is…

A chapter from the new book was recently shortlisted and then “highly commended” in the 2016 Yeovil Literary Prize!

I am now an award-winning writer. Can I say that? I think I can say that.

You can read the chapter here.

After a short hiatus, I figured it was time to get back to the blog; those coffeebars aint gonna review themselves.
And I have a book to plug.
Two actually.
Okay, so I’ve written a new novel and it’s going to be out early in the new year. This one is kind of about the financial crisis of 2008 and ensuring meltdown. In the way of these things it’s about a bunch of other stuff too. It features a foul-mouthed, drug-chomping reincarnation of William Blake. More details to follow.

I am also mid-way through writing my first non-fiction book. About running. Specifically being a runner in the city. Which I am. It may well be that my blog-posts lean a little more towards the running thing over the coming months.
As research for the book I have been running the tube lines in London. Above ground, obv. There will be a blog-post about that.
Anybody else run the tube lines? I’d love to hear your stories.