Israel Story

My wife and I were recently interviewed for Israel Story. If you haven’t heard of this podcast then I strongly recommend you check it out. It’s a lot like “This American Life”.

From their website: “Israel Story is a bi-weekly podcast, hosted by Mishy Harman and distributed by PRX, the Public Radio Exchange. It tells […]

Rancho Mirage Writers Festival 2015

Festival du premier roman

Never again will I be able to say there hasn’t been an interpretive dance inspired by The Shock of the Fall. I’ve been on the road a bit lately, and am just back from a wonderful literature festival in Chambéry, France.

As much as I enjoy giving talks at festivals, I suppose they do feel […]

Rules of Engagement

Here’s a rather charming illustration of an engagement ring by Melinda Josie. The ring I gave Emily wasn’t nearly so nice or expensive-looking, but everything else is true. Indeed, it was verified as true by a New York Times “fact-checker” over the course of a forty minute telephone interview and a couple of emails, requesting […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

But aren’t they the baddies?

Today I received the dust jacket for the Israeli edition of The Shock of the Fall. Here it is:

Pretty cool, huh.

Anyway – I want to share some of my thoughts about my decision to publish in Israel, which was not an easy one. Those of you who know me will know that […]

Getting to know you…

Often people send me Qs and in return I send them As. An example of this sort of carry on took place with the good people at Killer Reads. Other times I simply get to have a lovely telephone conversation with someone, then they do all the hard work. This can happen as far away […]

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

Common side effects

In 2005 my poetry career was getting interesting. I found myself at a film festival in Berlin where my debut poetry short, Oedipus, scooped a top prize. It was here that I met with a Dutch animator named Udo Prinsen, and we resolved to one day work together.

That sort of happened, but hardly, so […]

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.



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.