The whole hogmanay

Well, there are about seven hours left of 2005 as I write this, and what a splendid year it’s been. Attention All Shipping was the third biggest-selling travel book of the year behind Michael Palin and Ewan MacGregor, telly people put me on prime time television...

And the winner is…

It’s that time of year when the newspapers are filling pages cheaply and easily with their ‘best of the year’ round ups. Although this site is by no means neither newsy nor papery, I thought it would be rude not to comply with this hack tradition....

Hooray for Bollywood

Was up at Stanfords this morning, signing some books for their Christmas stock. You might recall that at he start of this year, Attention All Shipping was top of Stanfords bestsellers’ list for three months. What do you mean you don’t believe me? The...

The Morning After. Followed By The Afternoon After

I’m a little muzzy of head today, after an exhausting day of wassailing and general royster-doystering yesterday. First of all, those lovely people at Time Warner Books took me out for a boozy lunch to celebrate the quite startling success of Attention All...

The Power of Three

It’s been a weekend of good news, as it happens. First of all I learn from Saturday’s ‘Times’ that Attention All Shipping was apparently the third biggest-selling travel book of 2005, behind Michael Palin’s ‘Himalaya’ and Ewan...