BOOKS AND REVIEWS
The Monkey House:
Absolutely ﬁrst-rate…shocking enough to steal the breath and bruise the heart…Too good to miss. — Literary Review
This Green Land:
This is a grim, intelligent and unusual thriller, with a plot that cuts disturbingly to the bone. — Mail On Sunday.
A Hostile Place:
A brilliant performance with a ﬁerce, uncosy intelligence setting oﬀ the ﬁreworks. — Philip Oakes, writing in The Literary Review.
White Boys Don’t Cry:
Part thriller, part political history, this is mainly a psychological portrait of a spy…a powerful novel — The Times.
SOME OF JOHN’S FAVOURITE WRITERS
Eric Ambler, Herman Charles Bosman, John le Carre, Philip Caputo, Martin Cruz Smith, Len Deighton, Elena Ferrante, Gustave Flaubert, Graham Greene, Vasily Grossman, Ernest Hemingway, Denis Johnson, Ted Lewis, Val McDermid, Andrew O’Hagan, Norman Rush, Goliarda Sapienza, Georges Simenon, Leo Tolstoy
During the Cold War John was for a time a ‘contract labourer’ for the Secret Intelligence Service in the role of head agent and this forms the basis of his latest novel, Spy Game. All told, John has lived or worked in 40 countries as a journalist and covered a dozen wars. For 20 years he was employed by Reuters as a correspondent and editor with postings in Hong Kong, Delhi, Beirut, Nicosia, Cairo and London. John lives in Scotland.