Novelist. Books include "The War Zone" (1989, Doubleday), "Five And A Half Times Three" (1990, Hamish Hamilton, written with Ann Totterdell, about the death from cancer of their five-and-a-half-year-old son, Joe Buffalo), "Tribes" (1992, Doubleday), "Life On Mars" (1996, Doubleday) and the children's books, "Joe, Jo-Jo And The ...
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Once my son was diagnosed with cancer, I had this huge amount of pain and anger about how this could happen to the child I loved so much. And I definitely directed that into The War Zone. I wrote it differently than anything I've written. I would rush back to the house while he was in chemotherapy and just write for two hours. I almost felt as if I were channeling it.
At age seventeen was commissioned by BBC TV to write and direct a short film, The Hollow Moment, and invited by Films and Filming magazine in the UK to become a regular movie critic and feature writer.