Monday, 22 January 2018
Here's my cover story from yesterday's Sunday Times Culture. I've had a fascination with Donald Crowhurst's utterly sad and tragic tale for years and was a big fan of Deep Water, the 2006 documentary, which I thoroughly recommend. It's a fantastic piece of work, even if you've little interest in nautical matters. It's a human story above all. Funny, I haven't done much for Culture in a while. On the strength of my 2006 book, Dead Reckoning, I seem to be the go-to person for matters maritime, an expert on which I am most definitely not! I even ended up presenting The Times' An Evening With Jonathan Dimbleby in 2016 to do with his book, The Battle of the Atlantic. I think I just about pulled it off. There's a little bit of nautical stuff – only a bit – in my novel No Ordinary Killing and some, too, in its follow-up, currently being written, so I guess it's seeped in somewhere!
Wednesday, 3 January 2018
Monday, 13 November 2017
Dad's Dad, Arthur Thomas Dawson, was in the Royal Navy and saw active service in both World Wars. Was on shore leave when his ship, HMS Exmouth, was torpedoed and went down with all hands in Moray Firth, January 1940.
Nearly all of Dad's siblings – my uncles and aunts – were in the war or served just afterwards. My Uncle Bill was in the Royal Engineers at Normandy and later liberated Belsen.
My Mum's father, my Grandad, Wilfred John Mack, was with the Norfolk Regiment in WW1. He was wounded at Gallipoli in 1915 and later served in Palestine.
Was with my Mum yesterday, looking at on old family tree, and found this ancestor – Lieutenant-Commander Ralph Michael Mack. Was skipper of destroyer HMS Tornado (pictured), killed when his ship went down after hitting a German mine in the North Sea in December 1917, almost a hundred years ago.
It was quite poignant discovering this on Remembrance Sunday.
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
Flattered to get a great review of No Ordinary Killing from Sarah Ward, one of our top crime writers (A Patient Fury is currently doing very nicely). Sarah's DC Childs series – kicking off with 2015's In Bitter Chill – is set in the Derbyshire Peak District and well worth checking out. You can read the review here on her popular website Crimepieces.
Saturday, 26 August 2017
Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Thursday, 4 May 2017
Can't believe it was 25 years ago this month that Reservoir Dogs played at Cannes. Was shown out of competition. Saw it in a morning screening nursing a stinking hangover. Garrulous young director with a mouthful of a name was later thrust upon us journos (alongside a tad curmudgeonly Tim Roth). Veritable Game-Changer of a movie.