TURKS AND CAICOS – 2

I wouldn’t want to give the impression that my trip to the Turks and Caicos was all work and no play… I did take the last day off, after I had delivered my book (Dead Like You) but I also had another reason for being there – the Assistant Commissioner of Police, the wonderful Neil…

Tough Days In Paradise

Every profession/job has its good and bad parts and the life of an author is no exception. Loneliness, deadlines, writer’s block and the fear of bad reviews are just some of the clouds that cast dark shadows on our lives. But, there are some great upsides, too. For me one of the very best is…

Operation Otter

The Grand Hotel, Brighton At 3am on October 12 1984 a bomb planted by the Irish Republican Army exploded at the Grand Hotel, Brighton. The target was then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her ministers. It failed to kill her or any ministers, but five people were killed, including Conservative MP Sir Anthony Berry. Several…

Rupert Brooke Play

Last year some of you may remember I sponsored a CD of the wonderful war poems of Rupert Brooke, read by Andrew Motion and many others, which had touched and inspired me as a young writer. (See my earlier Rupert Brooke post). The team behind this, The Useful Donkey Theatre Company, is headed by one…

Jolly Good Show, Old Bean!

PJ at the Goodwood Revival Well, the instructions for the annual Goodwood Revival Race meeting last weekend, for historic and classic sports and racing cars, said to dress up in period, preferably in a blazer and cravat, a suitable hat, and a prop, like a pipe. So here I am! I know my old school…

My Night Of Ghostbusting!

I was recently invited by Scott and Rebecca Simpson to a night of ghost hunting at Brighton’s most haunted house, the handsome Edwardian Preston Manor. Preston Manor – the most haunted house in Brighton. (No mean title in a city full of ghosts!) The house featured in a recent episode of “Most Haunted” and this…

Good Cop… Bad Cop… Fair Cop?

So, here’s a sight you don’t want to see in your headlights!!! The original gamekeeper turned poacher! This was taken when I spent a Friday night out with Polegate Road Policing Unit (as Traffic Police are now called). They set up this laser speed trap on a 40 mph limit on the outskirts of Eastbourne…

DR JAMES IN HIS GLAD RAGS…

I thought you’d like to see a few pictures of me as never before, and unlikely again!!!! These were taken during my graduation last Thursday at the University of Brighton in which I was made a “Doctor of Letters”. So now, when I’m next in a theatre and someone cries out “Is there a doctor…

Doctor James – Winner At Last!

I’m delighted to say that after a recent string of awards for which I have been shortlisted but haven’t won, today I am a winner at last! I am receiving an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Brighton — conferring on me the title Doctor Of Letters. The press release below gives you the full…