After graduating from Oxford University with a degree in French and German and with an MBA from INSEAD I spent fifteen years criss-crossing Europe and the Middle East for an American bank. In the mid 70’s I was posted to Greece. When we were transferred we left an old stone house on the island of Evia, which we go back to every year.
My fortieth birthday present to myself was to quit salaried employment. The main reason was to write full time. I reviewed the modern French novel and then science fiction for the TLS. Published works include three comic novels - “Sail or Return”, “The Monogamist,” “Thanks, Eddie!” - and the best-selling guide to European cultures “Mind Your Manners,” currently in its third edition and available in twenty languages. “Management Mole” was about going back as a temp in the back offices of the kind of organisation I used to manage.
Meanwhile I tried my hand at various entrepreneurial ventures. An attempt to establish a franchised chain of baked potato restaurants in Moscow came to an end when the Russian Mafia became interested. I had more success with INBIO Ltd, which imports Russian biotechnology for environmental protection and with a project to control the spread of water hyacinth on Tanzania‘s Lake Victoria. These ventures resulted in books such as “It's All Greek To Me!” and “I was a Potato Oligarch.”
I now write full time again. When I am not at the keyboard I sing and play the baglama, a miniature bouzouki, in a Greek band in London. I love to travel, especially around the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Journeys have inspired “The Sultan's Organ” and “For Love of Helen.” And of course whatever I am doing I read whenever I can - in print and on Kindle.
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Where to buy in print
The Quest for Helen
A comedy, a history, a traveller's tale of love and adventure...join young Lord Exford on his journey to the Greece of heroines and philosophers, pashas and janissaries.
1788. The rakish Exford, a prudish tutor and a truculent artist are shipwrecked on a Greek island, where they meet Amelia, an English feminist and explorer. Swept up in passion and delusion they confront the Turkish pashas.
The Sultan's Organ
Thomas Dallam took the gift of an extraordinary automatic organ from Queen Elizabeth to the Sultan of Turkey. He kept a diary of his thrilling odyssey and its triumphant conclusion. Faithfully translated into prose more easily digested by the modern reader, unembellished and unedited, this illuminating historical source is presented as if its Elizabethan author were alive today.
A witty satire on City life, which will be gruesomely familiar to all those who work within the Square Mile. The Times
Most enjoyable...good on office atmosphere, City jargon, slap and tickle. The Guardian
No-one knows more about the workings of Dividend Investments than Eddie Fly... no, he isn't the Chief Executive but the head messenger, the life and soul of the company...
Half of marriages end in divorce. But is it all roses for the other half? From the author of Sail or Return, The Monogamist an original and moving comedy, bubbling with laughter and surprise, about staying married.
Packed with comic invention The Times
Perceptive and very funny Observer
Sail Or Return
This is a book with much original humour, a highly accomplished farce with plenty of sharply observed social detail and a fast-moving narrative pace to match its tight plotting.The Times Literary Supplement
'a hilarious chronicle,' Manchester Evening News
This is a very funny first novel about the folly of trying to realise one's dreams. A witty, extremely entertaining read.'
Three Christmas Tales
Rubbish Christmas, Christmas Love, The Explorer's Christmas...Hunted street kids, child slavery, and an explorer starving and lost in the Frozen North. The Christmas message for grown-ups. And no syrup with that. But with happy endings...
Three Hellish Tales
Three very different stories with one thing in common - the supranatural.
Maria and her lover flee to America from a sea vampire bent on vengeance.
In The Good Book the Church is keen to find the lost Gospel of Mary Magdalen. Who do they turn to? The Devil incarnate.
Set in Ancient Greece Second Life is based on the oldest zombie tale in literature. A tale of Death and Sex - in that order.