Mr Pepper

Mr Pepper

Anyone who has read my childhood memoir ‘This Boy’ will realise the importance of Mr Pepper in my life. In 1964, following the death of our mother, my sister advised me to say nothing to my teachers or anybody who came under her broad definition of...
Blog from Hexham

Blog from Hexham

The Hexham Book Festival is a favourite of mine. Held in the lovely Northumberland market town, it pulsates with atmosphere and enthusiasm. We stayed for two nights because on Friday I went to a fund raiser for the local constituency Labour Party. Hexham has never had...
Stratford Literary Festival

Stratford Literary Festival

The other grey heads either side of mine are Tim Hubbard who chaired the event and, on my left, the brilliant Simon Mason, author of the DI Ryan Wilkins novels. Our session was titled ‘Turning to Crime’ which describes what Simon and I have done – but only in...
New Statesman debate at Cambridge Literary Festival

New Statesman debate at Cambridge Literary Festival

The historian David Kynaston has written some of the most readable and most read books of the past fifteen years. His ‘New Jerusalem’ series set out to describe Britain between Attlee coming to power in 1945 and Thatcher’s election in 1979. The fourth volume, ‘A...