Reading List

This week my American publisher asked me to provide a reading list of books that influenced The Shock of the Fall to feature in the soon-to-be-launched US paperback.  If you think my unequal weighting in favour of American novels is an unconscious effort on my part to ingratiate myself with this readership then you’re wrong!

It […]

Cover Alert

Look! Here is the cover of the Spanish edition of The Shock of the Fall. It was influenced by the UK hardback and I think it’s a truly beautiful interpretation. My favourite, in fact.

Radio 4 Front Row

Look. It’s journalist, broadcaster and author Mark Lawson.






If you click on his forehead you’ll be transported directly into his mind where you can listen to his innermost thoughts about The Arts. He shares some of these thoughts with me (about eleven minutes in).



On the TV

I’ve recently returned from a few days in Holland and Belgium where I was promoting the Dutch translation of my novel. As part of the tour I did my first (perhaps only) TV appearance.

I was terribly nervous and came away with 1000 regrets, but it was worth it to share a studio with Andrew […]

National Book Awards

The Shock of the Fall has been nominated for a Specsavers National Book Award in the category ‘New Writer of the Year’.  It’s up against Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach; Natural Causes by James Oswald; The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon; The Universe versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence and Tigers in Red Weather […]

Remember remember

On the 5th of November The Shock of the Fall will be released in the US under its original title where the moon isn’t. From the outside they look pretty different, huh? But between those covers is the exact same story.

Well, almost. On page 102 in the UK you will feel the dry […]

a book by its cover

So this has arrived:

It’s the cover design for my UK paperback due out in February. I’m rather pleased with it and I love that it riffs on the glorious hardback design. It’s a little lighter in tone – but hell, who wants my opinion on these things when I can share the accompanying […]

Chiedi alla luna

I always hoped my novel would be published, but never for one second imagined it would be published abroad. At the time of writing this post, it has sold in ten countries (with an eleventh on the horizon). I take none of this for granted; it’s humbling to think of my story being read so […]

Poster Alert

Next week…

… I will have something very Exciting and Beautiful and Dutch to share.

Here’s a clue:

 And another:

Okay, one more:

No more clues.



Write for Your Life Podcast

This week I was guest on the podcast of Iain Broome, author of the superb A is for Angelica. We sound a lot like two knackered new dads – he trumps me with twins – bemoaning how we got everything we ever wanted. In that respect it’s excruciating, but there are a few gems, and […]

US cover design

Here is the US cover, designed at St Martin’s Press. They have retained the original title of the work.

A beautiful interpretation.


Here is the Dutch cover design for my novel.

Quite brilliant, I think.

Book Alert

My debut novel The Shock of the Fall will be published by HarperCollins in May 2013. It can be pre-ordered from this charming online bookstore.


(It’s got pictures and everything.)