AUTHOR – FILM MAKER – BLOGGER
I’m an award short-listed author specialising in historical fiction, biographies and current affairs. 2016 will see Saqi Books bring out The Battle for British Islam co-authored by myself and civil rights activist Sara Khan, founder of the Inspire women’s network.
This blog, however, is about bringing to your attention the first of a new historical fiction series published by Bertelsman in Europe and available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon. The Templar Series kicks off with a thrilling adventure set in the 12th century called Quest for the True Cross. Given my broader interests in religion and politics, the book often touches on the similarities between that far off medieval world and the severe challenges we face today on the world stage. Sir William, my protagonist, is as much a hero for today as the Middle Ages.
I’m an ex-BBC news producer and print journalist and my first forays into books were biographies published by Aurum Press, a division of Quarto. I spent several years studying the subjects and when the books came out, they got extensive media coverage including interviews on the BBC and Sky News.
In 2010, Aurum Press/Quarto published my book ‘No Place To Hide’, the hard hitting biography of 1980s boxer Errol Christie. This book was short-listed for the 2011 British Sports Book award and long-listed for the William Hill sports book prize. It was also recommended by The Guardian as a 2010 Christmas read and Errol was the subject of interviews in the national press as well as Sky News and the BBC.
2010 also saw the paperback edition of my biography of Neville Staple – front man in ska band The Specials. ‘Original Rude Boy’ was reviewed in the Huffington Post, read the review here. The Specials, in case you didn’t know, were the coolest pop combo in the early 1980s and gave voice to a generation of youth who felt very alienated and ignored. The book launch happily coincided with the reunion tour of The Specials, which saw sell-out gigs all over the world.