About me
My first novel, SALT (Penguin, 2007), was set among the saltmarshes of North Norfolk, where I grew up, and the fens near the Wash.  It’s a book that is largely about what forms you and the tidal nature of family history that is passed from one generation to the next.  I’m fascinated by the frontier between land and sea, and especially the East Anglian one, which is an oddly porous and eroding one.  My second novel, THE WAKE (Penguin, 2009), explores this border further, set in the estuaries of East Anglia and the North Sea itself, where its protagonist, Guy, takes his barge out to sea in an attempt to reinvent his life.  SALT was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Jelf Award and THE WAKE won the prize for fiction at the East Anglian book awards and was shortlisted for the New Angle Prize.
My third novel, THE COLLECTOR OF LOST THINGS, was published by Little, Brown in 2013.  It’s the story of a collector travelling to the Arctic in 1845, trying to find evidence of a bird that became extinct a year before.  It’s about obsession, delusion and the environment in an age when the environment was not yet an issue. It was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Walter Scott Prize.
My fourth book is also my first work of narrative non-fiction. NEW YORK TO CALIFORNIA is an eccentric journey across the East of England, looking for the not-quite visible. It’s rooted in region, but universal about its connections with stories and landscape. It’s been a passion project for me for several years, and includes some of my photographs. It won the 2020 prize for non-fiction at the East Anglian Book Awards.
As well as writing novels, I have worked in the UK film and TV industry for twenty five years, as a script editor for the BBC, Channel 4 and Film Four, where I have worked across the best of British drama and film. Currently I am a script editor for the BBC’s Writers Room, working across several of their flagship schemes. I am also a scriptwriter, with a film made for Channel 4’s upcoming talent scheme, SCAPEGOAT, a feature adaptation of my first novel funded by the UK Film Council, and have developed and written an original series, DARK RIVER, for Working Title TV.
I have taught creative writing at the University of East Anglia on their MA course and undergraduate courses and as a residential writing Fellow, have taught creative writing at City University, Goldsmiths, for Arvon, and have been teaching screenwriting as a Module Leader and tutor at the London Film School for several years.
I live in London with my wife and three children.  
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Here you will find information about me, my writing and, on other pages, links to external sites, a gallery of photographs and a page letting you know what’s currently going on in the shed where I write.
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My most recent book is “New York to California, a journey across the East of England looking for the not quite visible.” 
It won the prize for non-fiction at the East Anglian Book Awards, 2020. Click here for information...