The Emperor’s Pool

The Emperor’s Pool is the provisional title of a contemporary political thriller I’ve just finished and which I’m revising with my agent’s help. Set in Beijing and Washington DC, the novel is around one fifth longer than its predecessors at just over 100,000 words....

Signing on with a literary agent

I’ve signed up with Justin Nash, managing director of the Kate Nash Literary Agency. He’s the first literary agent I’ve had in years, following the death from cancer in 2017 of Toby Eady, who represented, among others, Ted Lewis (Jack’s Return, later made into a...

Book Review: Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews

I read a tweet announcing the author’s death a couple of weeks ago and apart from feeling sad as I always do at any author’s demise, I had to admit I’d not heard of Jason Matthews or his novels, but immediately I ordered the first, Red Sparrow,...

The homeless Ms. Bond

Dear Barbara Broccoli, An article in The Guardian suggests you’re stumped for ideas on how to take the James Bond franchise forward, especially as he’s supposed to have been blown to pieces. I’ve no idea if that’s true (I somehow doubt it), but the newspaper has asked...

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