16 09, 2015


By |September 16th, 2015|Uncategorized|

At supper the other night, somehow the talk turned to prostitutes. I said I had known one. Of course, I was asked to say more. So I said more.

Back in 1991, I was phoned by an old friend, a partner at Curtis Brown, the literary agents. A woman had approached him wanting help writing her autobiography. She seemed to require more attention than an agent could normally give; as at that moment I was between jobs, would I be interested? […]

14 09, 2015

Working with Giuliani

By |September 14th, 2015|Uncategorized|

This year’s anniversary of the terrorist attack on New York has come and gone, but not before my elder son sent us a touching email, headed ‘Solidarity,’ and beginning ‘Hey. Just want to let you know my thoughts are with New York.’ It took me back to my own memories of 9/11, and how I was due to be close to the Twin Towers, for a dentist’s appointment. Most unusually, I completely forgot it, so was not in the danger area. […]

  • How to Write Like Tolstoy
14 08, 2015


By |August 14th, 2015|Uncategorized|

I’m new to all this, but over the coming months I hope to blog frequently, at least twice a week. In particular, I will be giving tips on writing, most of them taken from How To Write like Tolstoy, which Random House (U.S.) will be publishing next May (2016). The effect will be to make you rush out and buy several copies of the book, and then sit in stunned amazement at the wisdom and wit in the pages before […]