• Dateline: Rome. A Novel of the Dolce Vita Days, London 2020. Palatino Publishing.
  • Too Much Good Time, London 2016, Laroque Books.
  • Guy Gaunt: the Boy From Ballarat who brought America into the Great War, Melbourne 2016, Arcadia/ Australian Scholarly Publishing.
  • They sang like kangaroos: Australia's tinpot navy in the Great War, Melbourne 2012, Arcadia/ Australian Scholarly Publishing.
  • Slip-Up. Revel Barker Books 2008; e-book Endeavour Press 2011, Heinemann, Corgi: London; Quadrangle: New York 1978/1987 (televised 1988 by BBC-1 as Paper Chase).
  • Maxwell: a portrait of power, Bantam: London, 1988.
  • Empty Seats, Heinemann: London 1982.
  • Joyce McKinney and The Case of the Manacled Mormon, Mirror Books: London 1979. Revel Barker Books 2009; e-version Endeavour Press 2016.
  • Breathless Diversions, Heinemann: London; Harper & Rowe: New York, 1973.


  • Introduction to "How Journalism Uses History", Journalism Practice, Vol 5:4, 2011
  • "The Tabloid Newspaper", Encyclopedia of World Press, Fitzroy Dearborn, Chicago (in press).
  • "British Journalists" in Weaver, D. (1998) The Global Journalist, University of Indiana [with Professor John Henningham].

Research papers

  • "Class awareness in the formation of British journalists, 1886 to the present", AEJMC conference, Miami, August 2002.
  • "The Invention, Re-invention and Re-reinvention of the Tabloid Newspaper", Institute of Contemporary History conference, A Century of the Popular Press, London 10.9.96.
  • "The newest New Journalism", European Institute for Communication and Culture conference on The Future of Journalism, Piran, Slovenia 11.9.1996.
  • "The first draft of history—and the last: the earliest reports of a presidential assassination have survived years of scrutiny", Association for Journalism Education conference, London, May 2000.


(ESRC funded research 1995-8)

  • The News Breed: British Journalists in the 1990s, London Institute, 1995.
  • Business and Pleasure, London Institute, 1997.

Journal articles

  • "I Once Met Lady Bird Johnson". The Oldie, August 2016
  • "Richard Stott, Newspaper Editor" Oxford Dictionary of National biography. 2011
  • Various book reviews, British Journalism Review 1998-2016.
  • Various book reviews, BBC History Magazine 2005-2008.
  • Various book reviews, Journalism Studies/Journalism Practice 2005-2010.
  • "France's shame comes out of the shadows", BBC History Magazine, May 2009, pp.10.
  • "Different horses, different courses", British Journalism Review Vol.19 No.4 2008.
  • "La Terre down under", BBC History Magazine, January 2008, pp.38-42.
  • "The Empire Hikes Back", BBC History Magazine, April 2007, pp.52-57.
  • "America's Devious Dream", BBC History Magazine, November 2006, pp.21-24.
  • "Crisis in Caracas", BBC History Magazine, January 2006, pp.30-33
  • "Occupiers and Occupied", BBC History Magazine, September 2005, pp.29-34
  • "Warriors of Zion", BBC History Magazine, March 2005, pp.34-37
  • "Women Journalists in the New Millenium: where's the difference?", Journalism Studies, 2003, vol 3, no 1.
  • "No sign of a better job: 100 years of British journalism", Journalism Studies, 2001, vol 1, no 2, pp.261-272.
  • "The Battle for Provence 1944", BBC History Magazine, September 2004, pp.42-45.
  • "The Day JFK Died", BBC History Magazine, November 2003, pp.38-42.
  • "The Riddle of Erskine Childers", BBC History Magazine, November 2003, pp.14-20.
  • "NCTJ: walking with dinosaurs?", Press Gazette Training Supplement, March 2002.
  • "Reasons for questioning", Press Gazette 14.11.97:11.
  • "Do it yourself news", British Journalism Review Vol.8 No.1 1997.
  • "The power of shorthand", British Journalism Review Vol.8 No.2 1997.
  • "The newest New Journalism", British Journalism Review Vol.7 No.2 1997.
  • "Ain't nothing but a Love Hound", Punch, Nov 23-29, 1996.
  • "A fin de siècle prediction", British Journalism Review Vol.7 No.1 1996.
  • "Hacks: Read all about 'em", Media Guardian 16.10.95, pp. 14-15.
  • "Our Man in the Land of 'Scoop'", British Journalism Review Vol.5 No.4 1994.
  • "Will the modern British press man please stand up", British Editor, Issue 8 Vol 3 1994.
  • "Talk about Journalism...? Sorry, no Comment", British Journalism Review Vol.5 No.3 1994.

TV documentaries

  • Big City Metro, CASE: London 1989.
  • A Great Lady, MirrorVision: London 1984.