14 November 2010 0 Comments

Vienna mythbusters: the truth about the Imperial city

After spending so long researching my next novel, MOZART’S LAST ARIA, in the Austrian capital, I was invited by AOL News to write a piece for their travel section. They asked me to identify some myths about Vienna and to show whether they were correct or not. Here’s how the article starts: Like any other […]

13 May 2010 0 Comments

Cameron can’t solve English i.d. crisis

I was at Oxford University at the same time as Britain’s new prime minister. But while I spent all my free time at a famous old pub opposite the historic Bodleian Library with a pint of Guinness in the company of some old Irish porters, I never saw David Cameron there. Which makes me doubt […]