Lots of People In A Bookshop

lcd3-400x266It was great to see friends old and new at the book launch at the Stoke Newington Bookshop. I talked about some of my motivations and influences – such as Julian Cope, Iain Sinclair and the Wonderful London books. Then Stewart Lee read a very funny, subtlely pared down version of his introduction and I did a few pages from the book, before inviting friends to read out certain bits (which seemed to work better than me doing them). Thanks to everyone who came along and for injecting so much cash into the Stoke Newington pub system afterwards.

Read here for a more objective and detailed view of the evening.



A London Country Diary

9781848317055-291x450My new book, A London Country Diary, has been published by Icon Books. It’s a collection of sketches, doodles and diary/journal observations (many from this blog) that I started back in 1999 around the time my daughter was born. Much of the ‘action’ (ha ha) takes place in and around Clissold Park in the Stoke Newington/Green Lanes/Highbury border country. If you wonder about stuff like how to de-salute magpies, what’s the best kind of tree and where the Clash recorded London Calling, this might be for you. There’s a website for the book at alondoncountrydiary.co.uk – with some fun downloads.

You can buy the book here.