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Welcome to my website. I have some news about my new book, and a new look for my covers – it's about halfway down the page. (I don't believe in making news too prominent.)

Anyway, you’re probably here after reading one of my two Jonathon Fairfax books. If so, I’d like to thank you very much, because you’ve helped to make these things happen:

  • The Jonathon Fairfax books have now sold more than 50,000 copies and had nearly 1,000 reviews
  • My last book hit number 3 in Amazon’s overall UK bestsellers’ list (for about half an hour, but it still counts)
  • WF Howes has released audiobook versions, narrated by Finlay Robertson, and I like them
  • I’ve had some really nice reviews, tweets and emails from readers, each convincing me for up to 24 hours that I'm not a complete idiot.

This is remarkable really, because… well, read my story on the ‘about me’ page and you’ll see.

(By the way, if you’d like some extra chapters of PAJF, please click on the big orange button below. It means signing up for occasional emails from me, but this is a very low-risk proposition, since a) I very rarely send emails, b) I have no idea how to sell a tiny number of email addresses to the Russian mafia, and c) you can always unsubscribe. Or, if you’d just like me to tell you about new books and things but don’t want the chapters, there’s a box for that at the bottom of the page.)

"You can't help being tickled" – The Guardian

For a short time, I'm giving away six extra chapters of Perpetual Astonishment. Just let me know where to send them.

The Deleted Scenes of Jonathon Fairfax

News: my new book is nearly finished, along with new covers

I'm 90% of the way through a third Jonathon Fairfax book, and have put it up on Amazon for pre-order. It's provisionally titled The Spy Who Came in from the Bin.

I've set the date for November, but it should be out long before that. I'm just giving myself plenty of time for the sort of unforeseen disasters that my life consists of.

I'm also going to have new covers for all three books, with a consistent look to them. The picture on the left is just a prototype, but I'd be really interested in what you think of them.

My first two books

Reviews and awards and things...

Some short bits and pieces to read now

And here are a few bits from my blog that some people have liked...

On being chased out of a Helsinki graveyard by a squirrel
Have I ever told you about the time that I was chased out of a Helsinki graveyard by a squirrel?[...]
London Coffee Places and the Death of the English Language
Have you ever seen that episode of the Twilight Zone where a man finds that words are gradually being replaced?[...]
Labour schmaving
It occurred to me while using the automated self-checkout machine in Tesco today that I patiently accept a degree of[...]
Four ages of the beard
My beard began about two and a half years ago, and has passed through four ages, as I believe all[...]
The Black Knight and the Dragon
This is the first of the two "other stories" from King Moonfred and his Knights and Other Stories. Cover page  [...]
I went to Gdansk and all I got was this lousy short story
Actually, the story isn't all I got – I also got a ton of good memories. I've just come back[...]

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* I’m afraid, until the internet develops further, that you’ll have to supply the cup of tea yourself.