About this blog

This is a window into the weird world of Anglicanism, as experienced on a Cathedral Close. Has anything much happened since Trollope's Barchester Chronicles? You will still see the 'canon in residence' hurrying across to choral Evensong, robes flapping, as the late bell chimes. But look carefully and you will notice he is checking the football score on his iPhone as he runs. This is also a writer's blog. It charts the agony and ecstasy of the novelist's life. And it's a fighter's blog. It charts the agony and ecstasy of the judo mat. Well, the agony, anyway.

Monday 16 June 2014


Every so often people ask me what happened to Johnny Whitaker. If I'm feeling mean, I say 'Nothing.  He's not real you know.'  Well, for fans of my earlier novels, this week's instalment of Unseen Things Above might be a bit of a treat, as there are some cameo roles for a couple of my old characters.

You can check it out here: http://unseenthingsabove.blogspot.co.uk



  1. I've just re-read Love for the Lost for the umpteenth time and it still has the power to make me weep for Isobel. Would love to know what happened to her. I've really missed your novels this past decade or so.

    1. Thank you! She married Harry. They may do a swift fly-past in Unseen Things Above too. Haven't decided yet.