The Quiet

I have the good fortune to live in an unusual little corner of London overlooking a decommissioned dock that is now used for training small children to sail, adults to kayak, and other healthy maritime pursuits.  On hot days it attracts merry bands of revellers seeking a way to cool off, diving merrily into the … Continue reading

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The Christmas Spirit (Second in the London Christmas Series)

It wouldn’t have been a proper holiday without a frisson of worry about the travel arrangements.  My parents arrived on the 23rd, propelled here faster than usual by gale force winds.  On the night of their arrival we went for a festively champagne-fuelled meal at Dishoom, an Indian restaurant in Shoreditch.  We brought Christmas crackers … Continue reading



As you will already know, dear devoted reader, my second book is coming out in the autumn with McFarland press.  This book is a volume of collected essays by scholars from around the world and I feel deeply privileged to have been part of this project.  We are nearing the end of the marathon now, … Continue reading