Category: “Novels

Time for housing to get higher up the political ladder

Posted on 11 November 2010 | 8:11am

To the Chartered Institute of Housing’s conference yesterday. Nice bunch, not very keen on my fellow Keighley man Eric Pickles I sensed, and feeling a bit battered after the spending review. But I felt they were adopting the right tone in seeking to engage with government, rather than just becoming a shrill voice of protest. […]

Hoping to race to Number 1 in the Chinese bestsellers’ list

Posted on 17 October 2010 | 8:10am

What with fundraisers, festivals, speeches, interviews, inquiries, breakfasts, lunches and dinners, not to mention life on websites, twitter, Facebook and the like, I spend a lot of my time answering questions. Which means it is quite rare to be asked a question I have never been asked before. So many thanks to a man called […]

The desperate desire of fans to think they make a difference

Posted on 16 October 2010 | 10:10am

I cannot claim to have followed every twist and turn of the Liverpool FC saga, but it says something about what top flight football has become that fans now find themselves doorstepping banks, courts and law firms, rather than merely stadia and team buses arriving to offload the players before a match. You don’t have […]

Buy All In The Mind and raise cash for mental health campaigns

Posted on 27 July 2010 | 2:07am

In the run-up to the election we sold several hundred signed copies of The Blair Years via the website, with half the proceeds going to the Labour Party. Now I want to do something similar with my first novel, All In The Mind, about a psychiatrist and his patients. But this time the proceeds are […]

Beautiful but macabre setting for work on volume 2 of diaries

Posted on 24 July 2010 | 8:07am

Greetings from Lake Megunticook. Those of you who read my second novel, Maya, may have heard of it. It is the place in Maine, New England, where the narrator, Steve, came to write the story of his friendship with Maya. In a piece of detail, I (or Steve) described how youngsters leapt from a 60 […]

Elvis support for Labour lifts the mood further

Posted on 3 March 2010 | 10:03am

A confession … I sometimes find speaking at Labour Party fundraisers a real chore. There, I’ve said it. Most are fine, some are terrific, but sometimes you’re just not in the mood, there is no energy and organisation when you get there and despite doing your best, you sometimes leave a bit deflated. The people at the many […]

A celeb fest in my weekend of culture

Posted on 13 February 2010 | 10:02am

With Burnley out of the Cup, a spare Saturday has emerged which has allowed my book publicist to crowbar in a bit more culture, and book-plugging. As I am more Radio 5 than Radio 4, especially on Saturdays, I have never listened to Loose Ends, so any tips welcome. We record soon. I am less […]

Time for Maya’s voice to be heard amid the non-tears

Posted on 9 February 2010 | 9:02am

It is modestly comic how some media saddos continue to imagine I somehow used my magical powers of spin to ensure publication of my novel, Maya, coincided with my appearance at the Chilcot Inquiry. Never having been one of those ‘all publicity is good publicity’ people, I don’t quite buy the line that because I […]

Welcome to the virtual Maya launch party

Posted on 4 February 2010 | 10:02am

Seventeen … the number so far of texts and emails from journalists wanting to know why they haven’t been invited to the launch party for Maya, my new novel published TODAY!! Three … the number of others asking the same question. The journalists are likely to think this is because I have so few friends.***(see […]

Big bucks campaigning not what it’s cracked out to be

Posted on 24 January 2010 | 10:01am

There was a moment during Barack Obama’s multi-squillion-dollar presidential campaign when his team realised they had so much money in the war chest that they bought a mass of advertising they probably didn’t need. That is one ‘problem’ unlikely to affect the Labour Party this year. Whereas American campaigns always seem to do it bigger, […]