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.

Sunday 22 June 2014


This week over in Lindchester, Jane and Matt finally manage to talk to one another again.  Meanwhile, wedding preparations continue in the vicarage of Gayden Magna, where all is not quite as rosy as I thought it was.  Oh dear.  Love and marriage.  They go together like a horse and yoyo, apparently.

Check out the latest here: http://unseenthingsabove.blogspot.co.uk/

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


Sunday 8 June 2014

Freddie's Back...

Yes, it's the week of the tenor lay clerk interviews in Lindchester cathedral, and Freddie May is back in town.  Find out what happens here: http://unseenthingsabove.blogspot.co.uk/

 I don't tell you what he decides to sign as his audition piece, but I reckon it was this, from Il Trovatore,  sung here by the divine Jonas Kaufmann: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBd87H8TGTk


Sunday 1 June 2014