Gilbert: The Last Years of WG Grace

Scroll down for a link to buy this book. When I was a kid I used to walk past the house in which WG Grace spent the last years of his life on my way to and from school. It got to the stage where he practically became my imaginary friend, something I wrote about in The...

Constance Street

To buy this book scroll down to the link at the bottom of the page. Don’t be fooled by the cover – this isn’t just a book for your nan. It’s the story of my great-grandparents Harry and Nellie Greenwood (who also part-inspired Attention All Shipping) and the...

The Forgotten Soldier

When I came across my grandfather’s brother while researching the family tree and learned he’d been killed in Flanders a week before the Armistice aged nineteen, he was news to me. However, when I mentioned great-uncle Edward to my dad and discovered his own uncle was...

Chapter and Verse: Joy Division, New Order and Me

Bernard had first got in touch a few years ago after he’d read and enjoyed Attention All Shipping and since then we’ve become good friends. Hence I was delighted and honoured when he asked me if I’d help him write his autobiography. As will be...

Bring Me Sunshine

We talk about the weather a lot. It confounds us, exasperates us, occasionally it even delights us. It dominates our conversation, especially with strangers and new acquaintances. But few of us know much about where it comes from, how it happens and how people can go...