I was born in the north of England and worked as an editor in London before joining the West Highland Free Press in Skye in 1977. I became a freelance author and journalist in 1986, and still live in the west Highlands.
About writer's work
My books are non-fiction - biography and social history. 'The Soap Man' was shortlisted for the Saltire Book of the Year in 2004; and 'Calum's Road' for the Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje Prize in 2007.
Current events and projects
I am available for readings, talks, workshops, residencies on biography, history and journalism.
Aleister Crowley : the beast demystified, Mainstream 1998
`66: the real story of England`s 1966 World Cup triumph, Mainstream, 1996
The Toon: a complete history of Newcastle United Football Club
Into the light : a complete history of Sunderland Football Club
Empire games: the British invention of twentieth-century sport, Mainstream, 1996
All the sweets of being: a life of James Boswell, Mainstream, 1994
Crimes of war: the Antanas Gecas affair, Mainstream, 1995
High Sixties: Summers of Riot and Love, Mainstream, 1992