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Lies, spies and Bulgakov

Half way through my next book set in the British intelligence services in the years after the defection of master spy, Kim Philby in 1963, and I keep coming back …

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The execution of Roger Casement

On this day Sir Roger Casement was hanged for his part in trying to smuggle German weapons to Ireland for the Easter Rising of 1916. I wrote about his time …

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A Srebrenica Diary – investigating the crime

Twenty years ago this week, 8000 Bosnian Muslims were murdered in and around Srebrenica. A few months after the event I was a member of the BBC Panorama that went …

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Interview for Writing Magazine

Some thoughts on my working day in an interview with Lynne Hackles for Writing Magazine.


Poor old Agent ‘Le Nusse’

There were some spectacular espionage failures during World War 1… The Suicide Club was one of the worst. British Army intelligence came up with the idea of placing agents behind …

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Paperback of The Suicide Club

The paperback of The Suicide Club is published on July 2nd, with the good opinion of reviewers inserted…. ‘Sheer story telling impetus that is impossible to resist.’ Financial Times ‘His …

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I came across this in a Canadian archive a few years ago and it seems like the time to dust it off: it is an unusual account of the coming …

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The Suicide Club

The Suicide Club is at the copy editor’s and publication is 6th November, just before Armistice Day. It is a spy thriller set at Field Marshal Haig’s HQ in France …

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World War 1 at Summerhall History Fiction Festival in Edinburgh

A great line up for the Summerhall History Fiction Festival in Edinburgh next week [from Friday, May 2]. Highlights include, the author Robert Harris talking about his latest novel, An …

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Traitors and Spies in Edinburgh

If you’re stuck for something to do  November 7, how about traitors and spies, and history, and thrillers – BOOKS.  CWA winner, Aly Monroe, and I are going to venture …

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