I was born in 1962 and grew up in Dagenham, in Essex.  For the first few years of my life I lived in a ‘prefab,’ which was made, as far as I can remember, out of asbestos. Or else radioactive waste, or something.

I studied English and Psychology at Keele, and then a few years later took a postgraduate degree in English Literature at Yale under the brilliant but eccentric Professor Harold Bloom.

Between and after studying I worked shifting boxes in a warehouse, and lending money to people in a bank, before writing letters to the people asking why they weren’t paying the money back, and why they weren’t returning my phone calls. I also spent time drilling wells on a Sioux reservation in South Dakota and travelling in Africa with the explorer Wilfred Thesiger - the subject of my third book -before settling on a career in advertising.

I live in Windsor with my wife Susan and my daughters Alice and Lucy.

You can reach me at: 

My UK publishers are:

Pan Macmillan
20 New Wharf Road
N1 9RR
Tel: +44 (0)20 7014 6000

HarperCollins The Friday Project

77-85 Fulham Palace Road


W6 8JB

Tel: +44 (0)20 8741 7070

My literary agent is:

Patrick Walsh,

Conville & Walsh

2 Ganton Street



Other editions of my books are published by:

St Martin’s Press, New York (US edition of How to Live Dangerously)

Luebbe Verlagsgruppe (German editon of How to Live Dangerously

EKSMO Publishing (Russian edition of How to Live Dangerously)

BBC Audiobooks (Audiobook edition of About the Size of It)

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On books, influences, life and the secret of happiness - read a 2010 interview from beat Magazine here