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For the first ten years of my working life I earned a living by writing up to eight articles a day, against deadline, as a journalist on a daily newspaper. My work – well, most of it – was guaranteed to get published!
Now, after various other jobs in media, I’m setting out to make a living by writing fiction. The day job still pays the mortgage, though.
Some of my favourite authors: Douglas Adams, Joseph Heller, Roald Dahl (his adult stuff), Gabriel García Márquez, Louis de Berniere, Haruki Murakami, Nick Cave, Herman Charles Bosman, Alice Munro, Robert Rankin, Barbara Kingsolver, Richard Dawkins, AA Gill, PJ O’Rourke, Alain de Botton and Jared Diamond.
I’m a sporadic and ill-disciplined runner, whose form varies from being able to run a 70 mile ultra-marathon to limping around the park, nursing a gout-afflicted foot. I like to counter the good effects of running by indulging in food and drink.
South Africa was my home for the first forty years of my life.
After having lived and worked in Kenya for a while, I took a gap year that was about two decades overdue. My backpack travels took me to Australia, New Zealand, most of South America and Nepal.
Since 2010 I’ve been living in Brighton, on the south coast of Britain.