New year's sunflower –
not born to bloom in the frost –
come, die in comfort.

1 January 2019

Have a peaceful 2019.

Bath on the Beach? But really, I should've stayed in Weymouth. 4 August 2018

No caption needed. Bristol, 12 July 2018

One-eyed Jacquie. 10 July 2018

In training for the World Cup? 9 June 2018

Snowy day in Henrietta Park. 18 March 2018

At Bath ComiCom - not wasting time, oh no... 18 March 2018

Feeling sick to the heart – I was supposed to be at a Randy Newman gig in London. It was cancelled for a serious knee operation. Get well soon, Randy. 14 March 2018

Aspen, eat your heart out. 1 March 2018

Guess who didn't like the movie. January 2018

Different movie... January 2018

Gong to a funeral with my bro. It's been a bad summer for cousins. July 2017

I wish I knew the name of this tree. It looks woolly. May 2017

Radicalism in Bath! Stopping the traffic in Milsom Street. What do we want? What've you got? We're trying to save the library from decimation, Batheaston Meadow from a Park & Ride carpark, and the Bath skyline from a wholly unnecessary cablecar. Our council is inept at best; corrupt at worst. 1 April 2017

A man in knickers
upstages magnolias.
Surprise March flower.

30 March 2017

A warm and sunny day at last. Well, whacha gonna do? 30 Mar 2017

Welsh Open semi-finals. February 2017

Woman's best friend. July 2016

Waiting for Carole King in Hyde Park. Thrilled to be here. July 2016

Lady Bag with her supercool Sam on Dover Street. April 2016

What a way to spend my birthday, eh? A brilliant 2 hours! April 2016

I put her photograph on my book covers. She puts a cartoon of me on a wine glass. Motherhood, March 2016

Forget Father Christmas. Who really makes things happen? Just one day a year, let's hear it for the Old Woman!

Grammar's important. Or do I mean Gra'ma? November 2015

The Werepug...

People have been complaining that I never show my face in pictures on my website. Here's why. Thank you, Ant Howard!

Autumn in Henrietta Park. Late October 2015

The plank. October 2015

Nettie Wakefield's intallation at Dismaland -- how did she know? September 2015

Waiting for Bob and Alice, who never arrived. Milford Haven in August. 2015

Listening in awe to Peter Lovesey - Hay Hill, Bath. August 2015

Readers around the world get stuck into Peter Lovesey’s latest, Down Among the Dead Men. July 2015

On the seafront at Lyme Regis, where many wonderful fossils have been found, beginning with those discovered by Mary Anning. July 2015

Ant, Mouse and me. May 2015

On the canal with a cup of tea. What could be more better on a sunny afternoon? May 2015

Weeding my two asparagus plants. Gotta look after your own. April 2015

Flat-track roller derby in Bath! Who knew? April 2015

Christmas in Bath, 2014

Mrs Rochester starts small. November 2014

Back to the sea again. September 2014

Cody and me at the Great Dorset Steam Fair. August 2014

Which of these Codys is the horse's arse? August 2014

Christmas before last, someone gave me washable playing cards. Such good use of a writer's time, don't you think? July 2014

A doomed attempt to stop the First World War, Bristol Docks, July, 2014.

Thanks Mark Selby for winning me a delicious Thai meal. May 2014

Not until Christmas? Awww. March 2014

Keeping the faith with the future of summer by building a barbecue in January. 2014

That wasn't supposed to happen. January 2014

Halifax NS, remembering Brian. October 2013

At Portland Bill. August 2013

In Portland searching for Bill. August 2013

Me and Kate: a night at the Wurzels. August 2013

A day at the races. August 2013

Teaching Luna cribbage. January 2013

Bowing down before William Smith's Great Map - 1815. An exquisite piece of work and thought.

This is the very first geological map of anywhere in the world. It's so beautiful it gave me goosebumps. LC September 2012

Dracula's coffin washed up on this beach,

and I was sorry to leave. July 2012

Some authors take Diamond Jubilees seriously... June 2012

This is my Pictures page but the images below all come from five days I spend in Leicester helping Maggie Scott prepare and mount her exhibition "Negotiations" at the city's New Walk Museum. It's a brilliant, moving and incredibly important exhibition - visit if you can. And buy a programme, which begins with a conversation she and I had about the work and her own history.

Here I am, preparing fake skin-lightening product for Maggie's installation (see below.) A new calling? April 2012

This is Maggie working late into the night. All the images were on silk that was then felted and sewn.

From their earliest days black children - like Maggie, here with her mother - are taught that good things come from whiteness. This is a bad photograph of a brilliant image - I'll replace it with a better one as soon as I can.

Or that being non-white is funny, "other" or demeaning. (Another bad photo - sorry.)

This story of a young man bleaching himself underscores the way the values of white majority culture imbeds itself in people who aren't "white".

An obscene number of products promise "skin lightening": This is Maggie's installation, her own fake "lightening salon" to underline the seduction of these products.

Maggie taking her own picture of the salon's product shelves.

This is me helping to hang the largest of the exhibition's pieces: Wedding Day juxtaposes Maggie's mother's wedding with a National Front Rally that took place about the same time.

Location idea for the jacket for MISS TERRY, to be published later this year. March 2012

With Michael Z Lewin in Henrietta Park. February 2012

In the Custody Suite, January 2012

Even a Swindon sports hall with the backbreakingest chairs in the west couldn't dim the wit and charisma of Reginald D Hunter. November 2011

Photo credit: Gail Purvis, Compute Scotland.

Ferrying tourists in Gloucester, a little ship that saved soldiers at Dunkirk in 1940: amazing. October 2011

Eye to eye with a snow leopard! October 2011

Contemplating the mud beneath our feet, September 2011.

Defending against pishers July 2011

Blending in. June 2011.

At play in May 2011.

Selected Works

Don't judge a book by its cover, or a bag lady by her appearance. "I didn't always look like this," she says. "Being barmy doesn't mean I'm stupid." Lady Bag does have her problems - her close relationship with cheap red wine, for example. When she gets hammered she talks to her dog. When she's extra-hammered her dog talks to her. Guess who makes better sense. She and her greyhound, Electra, wander through the streets of London, seeing a Dickensian side of the capital city that's only visible to the homeless. Together they accept the kindness or unkindness of strangers with the same wry patience. Until, on one dreadful day, they meet the Devil outside the National Portrait Gallery.
All Birdie Walker wants is some justice for her husband, Jack. But since Jack was a rock star and the justice has to come from the music business, Birdie absolutely has to take some extreme measures.Click on the title for more information.
Short stories
All my short stories up to 2003 are in this collection. It includes two written specially. Click on the title for a bit about how I came to write short stories and more information.
The Anna Lee series
I wrote six novels about Anna Lee. Click on the titles for more information.
The Bucket Nut Trilogy
Professional wrestler Eva Wylie appeared in three novels in the '90s. Click on the titles for more information.
Other stand-alone novels
RIFT is set in the Ethiopia of the 1970s. BALLAD is the story of a girl with a miraculous musical talent. MISS TERRY is the story of what happens to someone who looks different from her neighbours when a grisly discovery is made. Click on the titles for more information.
The story collections I co-edited for Britain's Crime Writers' Association.
In the early '90s I helped edit these three books - aiming them to be more annuals than anthologies. They include many things we're proud to have published. Click on the titles for more information.