Posts in On the Holloway Road

Reviewed in the Daily Mail

My first review in a national newspaper! Victoria Moore reviewed On the Holloway Road in the Daily Mail. It’s only a short review, along with two other debut novels, but I like what she wrote. Here’s an excerpt: There are echoes of Jack Kerouac in this freewheeling adventure down the CCTV-ed, drizzly corridors of modern Britain. But really this, too,… Read More

On the Holloway Road on the Holloway Road

I went to do a stock signing at Blackwell’s on the Holloway Road last week. It was great to see the book on sale on the Holloway Road itself. The store manager Kevin Molloy was a really nice guy, too – he’s even reading the book himself. Walking down the Holloway Road made me think I should do a little… Read More

My book is a bestseller*

* in Crouch End. Hey, it may not be the New York Times bestseller list, but it made me proud when I walked past my local bookshop, Prospero’s Books, and saw my book at #4 on the Bestsellers Chart. I even asked someone to take a photo. Come on, it’s probably the last time in my life that I will… Read More

Radio interview

I was interviewed by Jo Thoenes on BBC Oxford yesterday. I had done radio and TV a few times when I was at the Wall Street Journal, but it was different talking about myself. I was a lot more nervous and didn’t know what I would say. Still, it worked out really well. For the next week you can listen… Read More

Sheer egoism

Yes, I went around bookshops looking for my book on the shelves. And I started taking photos of it… OK, so it’s not very cool. It’s not something I could picture Salman Rushdie or Iam McEwan doing. But I enjoyed it!

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Launch!

I realised I haven’t written anything here for a week. The official reason is that I was busy – the unofficial reason is that I was in a constant state of nervous anxiety and couldn’t concentrate on anything for more than a few seconds at a time. The reason for the nerves is pictured here: public speaking. I’ve done it… Read More

Books arrived!

When I first decided to quit my sensible career job and focus on writing, I suppose this is the day I had in mind. At the end of all the early mornings and late nights and rejection letters and self-doubt and setbacks and new starts and hating the chapters I loved yesterday and editing and wondering and dreaming and starting… Read More