originally posted July 13, 2017
I am a proud parent limping out of a delivery room with uncountable stitches and a head full of endorphins – my new book has entered the world!
Her name is Watling Street and you’ll find her at your local bookshop – or online here.
She tells of a journey across England and Wales. She will not make you proud to be British but she just might make you delighted to be British.
She comes complete with a four-part podcast series, in which myself and David Bramwell revisit the stories and places in the book accompanied by guests including Salena Godden, Alan Moore, Iain Sinclair, Miranda Kane, CJ Stone, John Constable, Andy Miller, Cerys Matthews and Lord Victor Adebowale.
The first episode is out today – here’s a direct iTunes link, or search for ‘Watling Street’ on your podcasting app (the feed is here if that’s easier). The first episode will also be on the Orion Books soundcloud. If you could subscribe today it would be hugely appreciated – as would listens and reviews – as a sudden bump of new subscribers keeps iTunes’ algorithms happy.
Further episodes will arrive monthly.
If you want to join me to help wet the baby’s head, I’ll be appearing at a number of bookshops up and down Watling Street.
And finally, here’s a little something I wrote for BBC Culture that will give you a taste of what to expect.
To celebrate, here is The Ghosts of Watling Street, a song about the book by Oddfellow’s Casino, remixed by the mighty Greg Wilson and Peza: