Saturday 5 August 2023

Pleased to announce that my short story Hitler’s Alligator has won the 2023 Plaza Awards: Bring on the awards ceremony in Malta! Judge Roland Watson-Grant described it as "a sweeping, layered tale. Grounded in reality and set in one of history’s most gruesome moments, this darkly comical story offered dual perspectives of man and beast, the capturer and the captured, with such pace, it holds on and never lets go the reader right to the very end".

Tuesday 12 October 2021

Winning short story published!

Thrilled that my winning entry for the Margery Allingham/Crime Writers' Association Short Story Prize is now available to read here. Enjoy! 

Monday 21 June 2021

Crime Writers' Association - Margery Allingham Short Mystery Prize

Couldn't be happier at winning the Margery Allingham Short Mystery Prize for my story Heartbridge Homicides. Click here and here for more details. Here's how the judges described it: "A delightful, beautifully written story set in TV soapland. The breezy narration never falters as the charm of solving a crime creeps over the soap's fan. The judges felt Margery would have loved this story." It will be published on the CWA website later in the year. 

Sunday 3 May 2020

Fish Publishing Short Story Prize

Thrilled that my story No Alternative is a winner in the Fish Short Story Prize, and has been published in their 2019 Anthology.  No Alternative was described by judge Mia Gallagher as: "A subtle tale which appears to start simply enough, bleakness suffusing every line of its spare, unshowy prose in  the opening section. Everything seems straightforward. Okay, you'll think, I've got it, I know where this is going. But then a single line - a man's heart unpredictably skipping - snares you, and you're hooked, following the chilly, relentless inevitability of Paul's journey as he, you and the story sink deeper into a profound Mephistophelian darkness. This subject matter, if handled with less integrity, could result in something horribly schlocky. In this writer's hands it is perfect. Faust for the FundMe generation."

You can buy the anthology here:

Monday 9 July 2018

Wundor Short Fiction Prize

Pleased to report that my novella The Inaugural Iraq Garden Tour has won second prize in the Wundor Short Fiction Prize!

Thursday 7 March 2013

Brieven uit Londen - Dutch translation

I am really pleased that the Dutch translation of Pictures at an Exhibition, Brieven uit Londen (Letters from London) is now out! It has a great cover, as I'm sure you'll all agree.  If you know anyone Dutch - let them know!

Sunday 3 March 2013

Clan Macpherson: Catch not a cat....

Many thanks to the Clan Macpherson Association for its loyal support of Pictures at an Exhibition. There was a wonderful turn-out of Macphersons at my book launch last year at Waterstone's Leadenhall Market, and the annual magazine, Creag Dubh, contains a photo of me signing copies as well as a review.