The Living Wage

Alexis plays football for a living. He has come a long way from the dust bowl in rural Chile where he grew up to the spectacular Emirates Stadium in London, where he plays for one of the world’s richest teams. He lives in a plush home, drives an expensive car and earns £180,000 a week.Continue reading “The Living Wage”

Hold me close: Omar Puente & the late Debbie Purdy, the greatest love story it has ever been my privilege to tell

There is one woman whose story has touched me the most in all the years I have been interviewing people; one couple whose immense love has been the greatest privilege to witness. The death of Debbie Purdy has just been announced, and the headlines are calling her a campaigner for the right to die. So sheContinue reading “Hold me close: Omar Puente & the late Debbie Purdy, the greatest love story it has ever been my privilege to tell”

Why Frank Gardner has a stronger handshake than Arnold Schwarzenegger on Black Friday

Frank Gardner has a stronger handshake than Arnold Schwarzenegger. Neither smells like David Beckham. That is what I can reveal today as three pieces appear in different titles at once, thanks to an accident of timing. Black Friday is a totally spurious American festival of greed for which Britain is going crazy all of aContinue reading “Why Frank Gardner has a stronger handshake than Arnold Schwarzenegger on Black Friday”

What the papers say

Here’s a summary of what the papers are saying about the book, and it has to start with the kind words of Yasmin Alibhai-Brown in The Independent. “He dazzles,” she says. “This exuberant and assured book posits the central dilemmas of our times. … “A sprite takes you by the hand and leads you through the streetsContinue reading “What the papers say”

'He dazzles' says Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

“How to describe this eccentric, mistifying and gripping book?” asks Yasmin Alibhai-Brown in The Independent, before going on to give the book a wonderful review. You can read the article in full here but in the meantime, a few choice lines: “A sprite takes you by the hand and leads you through the streets (andContinue reading “'He dazzles' says Yasmin Alibhai-Brown”