Writing & journalism

I've written millions of words during my working lifetime, but relatively few of them were for public consumption. Most of the time, I was editing other journalists' work or producing internal reports, to be read by a handful of colleagues.

But since establishing my own business, I've had the freedom and time to return to my first love.

During Covid lockdown, I wrote a memoir entitled You Can't Libel the Dead, which tells the story of my life in journalism, rising from a humble copy boy to become one of the UK's most senior media executives.

The book reveals the inside track on several major scoops, my role in covering some landmark news events, the dilemmas that confront a newspaper editor and the creative - often comic - chaos that fuels a busy newsroom.

The book is available in paperback and Kindle formats. For reader reviews and more details about the book, click on the You Can't Libel the Dead sub-page heading in the dropdown menu above.

I also write stand-alone articles, often with my formative years in Sheffield as the backdrop. They are published in this section of the website.