I’ve always loved writing. During my academic career, I edited and contributed to numerous medical textbooks, notably the Textbook of Diabetes and Handbook of Diabetes (both edited with John Pickup), Obesity: science to practice (edited with Gema Frühbeck), and the chapter on diabetes in The Oxford Textbook of Medicine.


My real writing career began during a year’s sabbatical leave in 2009, with a book about  the history of smallpox and vaccination – well outside my previous comfort zone, but hugely rewarding. I followed this up with books about polio and (somewhat away from the mainstream) the hunt for the Loch Ness Monster. My latest book, about the history of DNA and the race to crack the double helix, was published in April 2019.

During the lockdown, I've finished off Bright Young Thing, a novel set in the run-up to the millennium and that took me back to my time in the front line of medical research. It's just beginning the search for a publisher. And my next non-fiction book is well under way and should be finished by the autumn. With

luck, it will be out in spring 2022. See below.


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Angel of Death:

the story of smallpox

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Unravelling the Double Helix: the lost heroes of DNA


Paralysed with Fear:

the story of polio


Bright Young Thing

coming soon

A Monstrous Commotion:

the mysteries of Loch Ness

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