Category Archives: Author

Book presented to President of South Korea – UPDATE

My co-author Lord Alton kindly sent me a photo of the moment in 2014 when he met President Park of South Korea and presented her with a copy of our book, Building Bridges: Is there Hope for North Korea? This … Continue reading

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‘A Shock to the Conscience of Humanity’ – remarkable news

Since taking a job with the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART), all of my professional activity has taken place away from this blog behind the scenes at, but I could not let this article pass by without blogging about … Continue reading

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On Reading and Grammar-hawking

“I used Grammarly to grammar check this post, because mistakes can outlive their authors’ careers.” The curse of the professional copywriter is that it becomes impossible to switch off the impulses to proofread and check grammar. Novels are the primary … Continue reading

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Book launch at the House of Lords, 21 May 2013

Yesterday Building Bridges was launched from the House of Lords in Westminster. Approximately 60 guests came to the House to hear about the book and to meet its authors. My co-author, Lord David Alton of Liverpool, opened the event with … Continue reading

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Press coverage

Ahead of the book launch for Building Bridges this week, my local paper gave me a lovely write-up. Click on the image to download the high-res (readable) version:  

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Book Cover

At the end of last week I was delighted to discover that Building Bridges, the North Korea book co-authored with David Alton, is available for pre-ordering on Amazon. The news was doubly good because I was able to see the … Continue reading

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The Dangers of Self-publishing

Yesterday afternoon, I passed through Hay-on-Wye.  Naturally, I could not resist the legendary bookshops.  In the last, before reluctantly turning for home, I found a book that should serve as a warning to all self-publishing authors: you may be gilt-embossing … Continue reading

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