If you’re wondering which novels you should read before going to London, then try The End of the Affair, The Buddha of Suburbia, and Effra, A Novel: the first is a heart-breaking classic, the second a 90s icon, and the last is contemporary indie fiction. Together they paint you a picture of the richness, romance and intensity […]
* Allegedly, *allegedly, *allegedly, *allegedly, *allegedly, **illegibly, ***in my opinion, *allegedly, *allegedly, *allegedly. **** I reckon. That’s the best way to talk about this Banks / Dotcom palaver: if you get the legal tip-toeing out of the way first, it’s just asterisks, not lawyers, that break your flow as you try to explain it. It’s […]
A wedding, a pregnant wife, and a busy evening job at the Herald has meant my blog’s gone unloved for months – which is a shame because I’ve had some great adventures. A while back I abandoned my seriously morning-sick lady for two weeks and sailed to the Auckland Island and Campbell Island groups in […]
Hooray! Today my novel became available on Amazon.com. It’s called Effra: a love story, and it’s a cracking read. Click here to go through. A fast-moving gothic fairytale, the story brings together a modern-day Fagan, a young man lost in London – and something bigger and nastier than both of them – all unified by […]
The other day I heard that Flight of the Conchords were going to write a movie – and the next morning I woke up with the complete plot in my head. So hey, Bret and Jemaine? If you ever happened to read this, it’s all yours – obligation free… The plot Jemaine’s crazy cousin, played by Taika […]
So once again I find myself woefully unprepared for a trip just a few days from leaving. On Monday I’m flying to Invercargill, then driving to Bluff before sailing to the Campbell Islands on what should be an amazing expedition. Unfortunately, instead of collecting lots of snug, professional gear suited to a trip to New […]
As Rebecca and I renovate our old wooden house we’re turning up some interesting, disgusting, objects. Most impressive is this beautifully mummified creature which was preserved in the gap between the building’s inner and outer walls, and looks a lot like one of Jim Henson’s Skeksi creatures from the Dark Crystal movie.