Bigging It Up In Romania

Well, the one country where I did not expect my publishers to collect me from the airport in a stretch limo came up trumps indeed, with the biggest, bling-blingest limo of all!!! We even made a splash in Romania’s largest-circulation newspaper! PJ and Helen – superstars in Romania! My wonderful Romanian publishers, Nemira, heard that…

Notes From The Underground

Last December 17th, in the UK (and abroad on digital radio) some of you may have heard me on BBC Radio Four, promoting a wonderful new literary magazine, Notes From The Underground, which was launched that day and handed out free, across London by men in bowler hats, looking like pastiches of the famous Magritte…

Dredging Up The Facts

Someone once likened being an author to being a mushroom. That we spend most of our lives in the dark, and occasionally someone opens the door of our shed and shovels shit over us…. Well – a few days ago was different! On one of the coldest days of the year, a freezing February morning,…

A Boy’s Own Adventure In Munich

My love affair with Munich just got even more passionate this week, after the launch of the German edition Not Dead Enough (Nicht Tot Genug), part of which is set in Munich. To my delight, Nicht Tot Genug went straight into the Spiegel bestseller list at No 21 joining the paperback of Looking Good Dead…

Far East Face Off

Back to reality with a bump from the Far East — but fortunately not such a big a bump as the BA 777 from Beijing that touched down at Heathrow just after us…. A salutory reminder for any nervous flier that air travel has plenty of dangers. I’m always intrigued by travel statistics: on Boeing’s…

Happy Christmas To You All

So who says there is no humour inside mortuaries? This is the Brighton and Hove City Mortuary Xmas card and if you look closely you will spot the real life Cleo Morey (Elsie Sweetman), Darren (Sean Didcott) and the wonderful Victor Sinden. Two weeks ago I attended the Mortuary’s annual Xmas dinner at the excellent…

Simon Mayo Radio Interview

I was interviewed recently on the Simon Mayo book show on Radio 5, alongside James Lee Burke. We each had to read the other’s latest book in advance of the show, so we could comment. He read “Not Dead Enough” and I read his marvellous “The Tin Roof Blowdown” which resonated with me incredibly, because…

Peter James In Prison

I’ve just had my first taste of being in prison today. I have visited various prisons in the UK on several occasions in the past, giving talks, but afterwards they have always let me leave. But not today! My incarceration took place at Lewes Prison, near Brighton in Sussex. Its inmates range from lifers to…