A London Country Diary
My latest book, A London Country Diary, was published by Icon Books in April 2014. It’s a series of sketches, maps, nature drawings, anecdotes, match reports, the odd cafe review and cartoons of people with dogs written between 1999 and 2014 and charting various short walks in the area of North London close to where I live.
My memoir Small Town England (Ebury Press, 2010) a book about growing up in a tiny town (Market Rasen, Lincolnshire) in the outer reaches of the rural suburbs and having only a cheap electric guitar and some cut out pictures of Glenda Jackson to keep me going. Set between 1978 and 1983, it harks back to a lost age of black white telly, punk and 50cc motorcycles with the silencers taken off.
The Groundwater Diaries (Flamingo, 2003) is a heavily illustrated London travel book in which I use old maps, hallucinogenic high strength lager, dream analysis and an old coat hanger to help me find the city’s lost streams. Over the course of a year I walked the routes of many of these buried tributaries of the Thames, drew some sketches and read history books. The book covers the great themes of existence – punk, football, feminism, beer, nurses, politics, free jazz, jellied eels, Dickens, offal, capitalism, sex and death.
A book of Irish journies, both real and imagined. Originally an attempt to sell a car in Ireland, it becomes instead a quest to sit in pubs listening to old men’s stories, laughing at and falling in love with mad Irishwomen, singing folksongs, crying in the rain and vomiting in soft green fields. Introduces some new Irish myths and legends, such as Sean the Dublin Bay Prawnof Neutrality. Also includes a classic cultural face-off between WB Yeats and Daniel O’Donnell.