JournalismI’m a regular contributor to the Daily Mail, Sunday Times and BBC History Magazine.
I broke into journalism after putting together a fanzine, Wired, in the late 1980s. By the 1990s I was shifting on the Sunday Mirror, and writing for the Mail on Sunday, GQ and Rock CD. After a year on the Daily Mirror pop page, I worked as a feature writer on the paper before becoming a showbiz writer on the Daily Express and then the Sunday Times before turning freelance. I’ve also written numerous travel features over the last 20-plus years.
I took a two-month sabbatical from journalism to handle the public relations campaign for the Rhodes Trust’s centenary celebrations in 2003, culminating in a Westminster Hall event attended by Tony Blair, Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela.
I’ve given talks about the press, the media and history to organisations including the Institute of the Americas and the Kettner Luncheon Club in London and to cruise ship audiences.
In 2021 I was awarded a doctorate by Maastricht University in the Netherlands after completing a doctoral thesis on a hitherto under-researched area of postwar British political history.
I’m an ideas man. I’ve been dreaming up story ideas, and looking for hooks and angles, all my working life.
I’m well-connected. I’ve built up a huge number of trusting relationships with editors, PRs, celebrities, politicians and businessmen and women over the years.
I’ve ghost-written dozens of stories by celebrities, politicians, business people and ‘creatives’.
I’m fast – and can mutli-task. (I’ve always got a few stories on the go.) I’ve been racing to meet deadlines on newspapers and magazines for just about as long as I can remember. Just as importantly, I’m accurate.
I’ve worked on tabloids, midmarket papers and broadsheets – so can easily adjust my writing style to suit the publication or client.
Last, but not least, I polish my copy until it gleams like chrome.