'A man in court dress cannot walk the streets of London without being pelted by the mob . . . the Londoners hoot the king and the royal family when they appear in public.' Casanova, 1746 (quoted in Peter Ackroyd's London: The Biography).
I worked as a research biologist in various universities, including Oxford and UCLA, and for
six years was a lecturer in botany at St Andrews University before becoming a full-time
My latest novel is Evening's Empires.
Some of my fiction and nonfiction is archived on my web site