My books include critically acclaimed histories of the Routemaster bus, the LP record, the sale of London Bridge to America (as ‘the world’s largest antique’) and the English seaside resort.

The most recent A Walk in the Park: The Life and Times of a People’s Institution was published by Jonathan Cape in June 2016 and described as ‘a fascinating, informative, revelatory book’ by William Boyd in The Guardian.

The Atlas of Improbable Places, a collaboration with the cartographer Alan Horsfield and specially commissioned by the publisher Aurum, appeared in September 2016 and was saluted by Monocle magazine for ‘making the world feel bigger.’ A sequel of sorts, Atlas of the Unexpected,  has just been published by the White Lion imprint.

Following on from the anthologies Being a Writer, co-compiled with the novelist Helen Gordon, and Our History of the 20th Century: As Told in Diaries, Journals and Letters published in 2016 by Aurum and Michael O’Mara Books, respectively,  my latest compendium is Letters to Change the World: From Pankhurst to Orwell issued by Ebury Press in September 2018.


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