The Rachel Papers….

The Rachel Papers was Martin Amis’ first novel and was about a young man running around London in the seventies trying to get laid (mainly by a girl called Rachel) and cram for the Oxford Entrance Exam. I’ve always had a soft spot for it as I read it back …

Manners maketh man…….

Daniel of Beccles wrote in his book Of the Civilized Man (Urbanus Magnus), a three thousand line work on the subject of manners sometime in the 13th century, which included some wonderful words of advice on dining etiquette. I am particularly taken with his last suggestion:   Should you desire …

The Men who stare at Hens……

I am pleased to announce that my new book – The Men who stare at Hens ( courtesy of those fine people at The History Press) will be officially launched at the Clifden Arts Festival on Wednesday the 19th of September at the Atlantic Hotel. Strong drink, things on sticks …