Bear Grylls’ Island

Bear Grylls’ Island

Published in The Times It’s day three of my stay on a desert island in the Pacific, and as it rains ceaselessly in London and temperatures hit zero, I am lying under a tree on a bright white beach alongside two young women who have quickly become friends, watching the...

Race in 21st Century Britain

Published in The Times Magazine Standing in Wolverhampton bus station on our final day of school in 1995, my best friend James Lockley and I made a deal: neither of us would ever willingly choose to set foot on a West Midlands bus ever again. We’d each taken four a...
Plantations

Plantations

Published in The Times I arrived in New Orleans a week before the start of Mardi Gras, the annual carnival period associated with parades, balls, and, somewhat bizarrely for a pseudo-religious event, scenes of young women exposing their breasts in public. However, I...

Samuel L. Jackson

Published in The Times There’s an awkward moment, for me at least, near the beginning of my meeting with Samuel L. Jackson in a hotel bar in Atlanta, Georgia, when I ask him for his opinion on 12 Years a Slave and he leans back in his leather chair, strokes his grey...
William Boyd

William Boyd

Published in The Times When William Boyd was commissioned by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd to write a new James Bond novel, he talked about the gig as if it were the fulfilment of a life’s dream. He had, he said, first fallen in love with 007 when he was a boarder at...