25 August 2011 3 Comments

More Passion!

British Prime Minister David Cameron recently invited Tracey Emin, a purveyor of work which is shit even by the standards of contemporary art, to produce something – they probably call it “an installation” – for Number 10, Downing Street. Emin, who won the Turner Prize for exhibiting her own used-condom-strewn bed some years ago, is […]

18 November 2010 0 Comments

UK Royal wedding conspiracy delights

When the British Prime Minister announced at the cabinet table the engagement of the heir to the heir to the throne this week, he professed himself “delighted.” The government ministers raised a cheer and hammered the tabletop in delight. This parody of a Colonel Blimp drinking club goes to show that you can take the […]

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 […]

10 March 2010 0 Comments

Bigmouth loves ‘Bethlehem Murders’

Me and My Big Mouth is the blog of the inimitable Scott Pack, the most innovative (and, to many, the most controversial) man in British publishing. We met a year ago in freezing Oslo, tramped through the snow to the Ibsen Museum, and generally had a great time. It’s possible we were the only teetotallers […]

20 December 2009 0 Comments

Big Mouth recommends my debut as “bloody good but a little bit different” for Christmas

Scott Pack, controversial publishing guru and self-declared big mouth (I can tell you he’s rather more charming in person than such a description would imply), recommends my debut novel THE BETHLEHEM MURDERS (US title THE COLLABORATOR OF BETHLEHEM)for a Christmas gift on his blog. Writes Scott, as he roasts his chestnuts over an open fire at his […]

10 September 2009 1 Comment

Scared away

Here’s my latest post on the International Crime Authors Reality Check blog: I keep finding new reasons why I write my novels about the Palestinians. Usually these reasons have nothing to do with the Palestinians. Here’s the one that may be the deepest, the one I’ve known about for a while, but have only recently […]

3 September 2009 0 Comments

Oldest Bible? Tell it to the Samaritans

UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph reports the discovery of a portion of a Bible from 350 AD in the library of the monastery of St. Catherine in the Sinai. The Codex Sinaiticus is written in Greek on animal skin and the newspaper calls it “a fragment of the world’s oldest bible.” Well, I hate to […]

19 August 2009 0 Comments

Book bloggers love Omar Yussef

Since the first of my three Palestinian crime novels was published in early 2007, I haven’t been short of terrific reviews in the mainstream media. After all, The New York Times said I’d written “an astonishing debut novel” and every outlet from The Sunday Telegraph to The Sowetan has raved about the books. But I’m […]

14 August 2009 0 Comments

UK cover for THE FOURTH ASSASSIN

It’s always a thrill for me to receive the covers of my forthcoming novels from my UK publisher Atlantic Books. They have a series feel in that there’s a continuity to the design. Each one seems to get better. Here’s the cover of THE FOURTH ASSASSIN, which will be published next February. I received it […]