Monday, June 22, 2015

Just published: A Short History of Disease

My Book of Lurgies, A Short History of Disease, is out this week. A social history of afflictions from the Year Dot, it includes all the big ones - malaria, TB, plague, HIV, Ebola - and some lesser known maladies. Madness, war and capitalism make cameo appearances. Available from all good bookshops, plus the usual online tax-dodging barrow boys. You can buy a copy here.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Backlist reprints

The Gnostics, The CatharsThe Black Death and Alchemy & Alchemists have just been reprinted in paperback. For the latter two, this is the first time the revised editions have appeared in paperback. The Black Death is a slight update of the 2007 edition; likewise Alchemy is a very slight update (mainly new things in the Bibliography) of the 2006 edition.

Here is a shot of my author comps. They make a colourful set.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Now appearing at a Goodreads page near you...

I'm now a Goodreads Author:

There is also a link to this on my Facebook Author Page (which can be found at

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Solaris in Manchester 30.04.15.

I'm introducing Tarkovsky's Solaris at the Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester on Thursday. The film starts at 1800, and there will be a Q&A afterwards, led by yours truly.

The film is free. (Although the bar isn't.)

More info here.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

On the joys of physical books

Although I read a lot of fiction on my e-reader (and use it a lot when travelling), the arrival earlier this week of a copy of David Vann's new novel reminded me what's so special about actual books. I ordered a US edition of Aquarium, published by Atlantic Monthly Press. Everything about it is nicer than the UK edition - better paper, coloured ink, nicer font, and also.... colour photos of fish. I don't know if David Vann is going down the WG Sebald route here (Max's books contain photos), but they're certainly a nice touch.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Tarkovsky's Solaris in Manchester 30.04.15

I'll be introducing Tarkovsky's Solaris in Manchester on 30 April. There will also be a QA afterwards, if anyone is in a fit state to ask questions. (When I first saw the film, I certainly wasn't. I remember coming out of the NFT and staring into the Thames for 10 minutes.) More details can be found on this link:

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Folie à Deux - released today on IndieFlix

The feature-length drama I co-wrote, produced and directed, Folie à Deux, is released today on IndieFlix. This is a better quality version of the film than previous online releases, and this is the one you should watch. Go here to watch the trailer and the film, or cut and paste this link into your browser:

Photo: David Hamnett.