Tales Of The Future

 

I'm an author, journalist, playwright and contemporary historian. I edit Third Age Matters, the national magazine for older people published by the University of the Third Age, and am working on my eighteenth book, about Tony Blair's activities since he left Downing Street.

Four of my short stories, originally published by Oxford University Press, are now available on audio from Audio Arcadia under the generic title Tales of the Future. Find it at www.audioarcadia.com.

My first play, The Sons of Catholic Gentlemen, won the annual Independent Radio Drama Productions award. My second, third and fourth plays all had runs at good London fringe venues, and two of them are now published by Samuel French - Money Makes You Happy and The Right Honourable Lady. The London Spring ran for three weeks at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden Town at the start of 2012.

The latest play requires a cast entirely in their sixties. It's called Whatever Happened to Rick Marks, or The Spirit of 1968, and is available at www.thirdagetheatre.co.uk.

Books include what is still the most up-to-date biography of Clement Attlee (Politicos.) I edited Haus Publishing's series of short lives, The 20 Prime Ministers of the Twentieth Century, and wrote the volume on Macmillan myself. The next book will be an account Tony Blair’s life since he ceased to be Prime Minister.

The last book, What Did the Baby Boomers Ever Do For Us? "returns Sixties mythology to history. The mirror Beckett holds up to the recent past is smeared with the suffering of young people today" according to Laurie Penny in the New Statesman. Dominic Sandbrook wrote in BBC History Magazine: "Grey-haired hippies will read this book and shudder; the rest of us, though, will read it for the splendid stories and shafts of insight."