Published work

 A Virtual Love CoverA Virtual Love

Legend Press, April 2013

For Jeff Brennan, juggling multiple identities is a way of life. Online he has dozens of different personalities and switches easily between them. Offline, he shows different faces to different people: the caring grandson, the angry eco-protester, the bored IT consultant.

So when the beautiful Marie mistakes him for a famous blogger, he thinks nothing of adding this new identity to his repertoire. But as they fall in love and start building a life together, Jeff is gradually forced into more and more desperate measures to maintain his new identity, and the boundaries between his carefully segregated personas begin to fray.

In a world where truth is a matter of perspective and identities are interchangeable, Jeff finds himself trapped in his own web of lies. How far will he go to maintain his secrets? And even if he wanted to turn back, would he be able to?

Read more about A Virtual Love, or buy it on Amazon.

Cover image of On the Holloway Road by Andrew Blackman

On the Holloway Road

Legend Press, 2009

  • Winner, Luke Bitmead Writers’ Bursary
  • Shortlisted, Dundee International Book Prize

“A beautifully written story about friendship and the longing for adventure in an increasingly demystified world, and the eternal question of what life is all about.”
— Zoe Jenny, best-selling Swiss author of The Pollen Room.

“He writes beautifully, making the mundane extraordinary and the everyday fascinating.”
— Sam Mills, best-selling author.

Read more about On the Holloway Road, or buy it on Amazon.

Short stories

I’ve had dozens of short stories published in various magazines and collections. Here’s a selection:

Essays & journalism

Hundreds of articles published in my time as a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and since then as a freelancer. Some examples:

Essays and other non-fiction include:

Guest posts

I’ve contributed essays and guest posts to a variety of blogs over the years. Again, just a selection:

Book reviews

I’ve reviewed hundreds of books on this site—click here for a full alphabetical list. Here are a few reviews I’ve written for other magazines, literary reviews and websites:

  • First Time Solo reviewed in Shiny New Books (October 2014)
  • The Killing Fields of Inequality reviewed in Review 31 (June 2014)
  • The Hired Man reviewed in The Puritan (February 2014)
  • The Interpretations reviewed in The Bottle Imp (November 2013)
  • Explore Everything reviewed in Review 31 (November 2013)
  • Once We Had a Country reviewed in The Puritan (October 2013)
  • The Gospel According to Cane reviewed in Switchback (January 2013)