A year ago today I moved from London to Brighton. I was awake at 5am this morning; I have so much to do and not enough time to do it all in, but at dawn everything was eerily calm and I had time to read the piece I’d written just before I moved down here. It was bittersweet: full of sadness and hope and excitement at the start of something new. I didn’t know what to expect when I moved to Brighton – I’d not lived anywhere else as an... Read The Rest →
When I was sixteen I was a suburban wild-child. My hair was scorched ochre by Sun-In, my clothes were crushed velvet, dramatic, and my heart was in London: a city that represented adulthood, freedom, success. My friends fantasised about boybands – New Kids on the Block, Take That, East 17 – yet when I squeezed my eyes tight all I could see was London, a place that would love me unconditionally – unlike my hometown, which judged me, silently, for my aspirations. In London, I believed, I could wear what... Read The Rest →
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One of the questions I’ve been asked a lot since THE GLITTERING ART OF FALLING APART came out is – why Soho? What is it about Soho that made is such a compelling place to set the novel? If you’ve not yet read the book, the author’s note in the back explains why I love it so much: AUTHOR’S NOTE This novel is not a true story, but the London in which it’s set – the London from the 1960s to the present day – is very much real. Anyone... Read The Rest →
I never throw traditional book launch parties: watching my friends queue to buy my book – which I’ll then sign from my place behind a table – isn’t my vibe. Instead we launched THE GLITTERING ART OF FALLING APART at Gerry’s Club on Dean St, W1. We drank red wine, we sang songs, we talked of unpublishable things (“really, you threw the stag party for <insert very famous singer here>?” “but how exactly did that happen to your penis?” “you were just on Sky News talking about what?”) and we... Read The Rest →