Photo of me, courtesy of The Gurn from Nurn

Nairn

In which I reflect on a highly enjoyable book event in Nairn, and a brief look around a town I really don’t know well at all.

The Next Stop cover

Errors

One of the big benefits of self-publishing is the ability to fix errors really quickly. It’s an obvious point, I suppose, but it doesn’t stop me making it.

The Next Stop cover

The Next Stop – out now

The Next Stop, the story of my six-day, stop-by-stop journey down the Inverness to Edinburgh rail line, is now out. It’s a tale of mystery, wonder and adventure in the most unlikely and most ordinary places – a journey of dodgy pubs, quiet villages, fascinating local history, and lots and lots and lots of walking.…

The Next Stop cover

The Next Stop – out on March 10th

I’m delighted, at last, to announce that my third book, The Next Stop, will be published on Monday 10 March. The Next Stop, as you may know, is my account of a six-day journey I took from Inverness to Edinburgh by train, stopping at all twenty-three stations in total. It’s a line I know well…

Brisbane Courier Mail

A few media pieces

The Return of the Mullet Hunter continues to sell slowly but steadily, and I’m grateful to everyone who’s bought a copy. This is the second of five free days, as well, and quite a few copies are shifting through that too. It’s all been aided by a few bits of media attention that the book…

Mullet Bay, Southland

The Fluid Druid

If you’ve read The Return of the Mullet Hunter, then you’ll remember that towards the end of my mullet-hunting adventures in New Zealand I visited Mullet Bay (right), near Invercargill at the south end of the South Island. I stayed in a hostel in the city, and when I left in the morning I realised…

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New year, new website

If you follow my website in an RSS reader, you’ll perhaps not see that my website has had a significant makeover. Over the years I’ve very much changed the way I’ve used my website. It’s no longer a “blog” in the original sense, with a need to follow things chronologically like a diary. If I…

TROTMH 7: San Francisco

This is the seventh and last in a series of extracts from my new book The Return of the Mullet Hunter, which I am posting over the the course of this week. This final extract is an account of a day’s touristing in San Francisco. The photo is of the city’s skyline, taken from the Coit Tower.…

TROTMH 6: Fresno

This is the sixth in a series of extracts from my new book The Return of the Mullet Hunter, which I am posting over the the course of this week. This penultimate extract describes an evening in the curious, almost claustrophic town of Fresno, California. The photo is of the town’s utterly out of place cinema.…

TROTMH 5: Salton Sea

This is the fifth in a series of extracts from my new book The Return of the Mullet Hunter, which I am posting over the the course of this week. This antepenultimate extract is about the harsh landscape of the Salton Sea, in the desert of southern California, which I visited in search of Mullet Island.…

TROTMH 2: Motutapu Island

This is the second in a series of extracts from my new book The Return of the Mullet Hunter, which I am posting over the the course of this week. This second extract describes my visit to Motutapu Island, an uninhabited island off Auckland which was home to Mullet Bay, one of New Zealand’s five mullets.…