Blog from Tring

Blog from Tring

My sister, Linda, lived in Tring in the early 70s, as (completely coincidentally) did my best friend Andrew Wiltshire and his wife Ann. So it’s a small town with lots of happy associations for me. For the past three or four years it has had a fabulous...
Book Launch Party – 19.3.24

Book Launch Party – 19.3.24

Whilst the publication date for ‘Death on the Thames’ is March 28th, the launch party was held the week before, at Great Scotland Yard in London SW1, once the HQ of the Met, now a lovely hotel. Friends and family were there as always along with my publisher, Alex...
Belfast ‘Imagine’ Festival

Belfast ‘Imagine’ Festival

I wouldn’t normally illustrate a book event with a photo of a pub, but this is a very special pub and the photos of the event itself were poor. We arrived in Belfast on Saturday morning with plenty of time to jump on a train and travel four stops to the seaside...
Belfast Telegraph Interview

Belfast Telegraph Interview

Aine Toner from the Belfast Telgraph interviewed Alan on the 21 March. You can read his article in the attached PDF: Belfast-Telegraph-interview  
Oxford Literary Festival

Oxford Literary Festival

Here I am between two literary legends in front of a full house at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford. Last Saturday was the final day of the crime fiction programme, now such a popular element of the Oxford Literary Festival. The popularity of crime fiction amongst...
Five books that I read last year because I had to

Five books that I read last year because I had to

There were five books that I read last year because I had to, having been commissioned to review them for various newspapers and magazines. Those reviews should all be on this site somewhere and you’ll easily discern that my favourite was ‘Politics On The Edge’ by...