Clifford Thurlow's 1973 press card

My Secret Writing Tutor

  A writing tutor may be a flesh and blood man or woman who pours over your scribblings and offers shrewd advice. You may find your spark in the words of your favourite songwriter – Bob Dylan, say, or an author, William Boyd or John Grisham. If you want to learn how to write elegant sentences […]

Bombing Baghdad

Insight, Intuition, Observation, Magic…and a good Agent

Sancho Obregón is a devoted reader. Mauricio Obregón, his father, was a devoted writer. Of these two bibliophiles, I have reason to believe that it is Sancho who has found the most pleasure from the world of books. To take a step back in time, I had just published my second biography – the memoirs […]

No one knows why we do it and when we’ve done it, nobody wants it

A friend of mine recently quit copywriting to write a screenplay. Within days he was phoning to chat about migraine and insomnia; his attraction to cliff tops and razor blades. Suddenly he’s fighting with his girlfriend – her fault – arrives late for appointments, drinks too much or, alternatively, claims he no longer drinks at […]