I've been writing for magazines and newspapers professionally since 1991 (although my first commission was for History Today to write about oral history societies in 1987) including Hello!, Maxim, FHM, Bella, the 'i' newspaper, and various inflight magazines. I am also now the online editor and de facto UK correspondent for Fine Books & Collections.  

There's a (very) small collection of my work over the last 15 years at The Independent including some of my regular weekly property columns plus features about choristers at Christmas and what was on Bin Laden's bookshelf.

Among the many pieces I've written about garden offices and shedworking is The Hut Parade for The Guardian.

The Idler magazine publishes my two regular columns every issue. You can download a free copy which includes my piece about building your own shed.

I've written lots of book-related pieces including what books to pack on holiday for Compass and this interview with the author of the Jennings stories, Anthony Buckeridge.

From 1998 to 2001 I lived and worked in Madrid where I was the features editor for The Broadsheet, the monthly national magazine for resident Englishspeakers in Spain, and editorial director of guide site to living in and visiting the country. My piece on the rise of Spanglish is cited almost everywhere the topic is mentioned. Among my favourite interviewees from that time was the popular Spanish crime novelist Lorenzo Silva. While resident in Madrid, I was also the launch editor of the UK magazine Quicksilver aimed at the over-50s.

Among the charities I've written for is the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation. Here's a feature about how mentoring projects have helped women back into work.

I am still an advocate of Pubworking though no longer run the website I set up to promote it (on the left is my favourite pub in St Albans, the White Hart Tap, where I have frequent business meetings). You can read some of my thoughts on the subject here.

I have also been interviewed many times for radio, television, and print. Here I am on Australia's ABC Late Night Live in discussion with the legendary broadcaster Phillip Adams about Improbable Libraries, on Atlas Obscura talking about Book Towns, on Monocle radio talking about Improbable Libraries and about Shelf Life, and here about being a dadpreneur (where I reveal my favourite flower). You can also see a video excerpt of me on BBC Radio 4's Today programme at the bottom of the page talking about Improbable Libraries (I didn't realise they were filming me or I'd have taken my coat off).