ARCHIVE: THE SECRET LIFE OF A MANIC DEPRESSIVE

EMMY AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY

November 20th 2007

For something that was conceived around a farmhouse table in Castle Cary four years ago, it does seem we have come a long way.

In New York on Monday night, The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive garnered an International Emmy award for Best Documentary.

Read more here…

May 13th 2007

BE SURE TO CHEW BEFORE YOU SPEAK

STEPHEN FRY: THE SECRET LIFE OF THE MANIC DEPRESSIVE

Following its recent rebroadcast on March 9th, this documentary has been nominated for a Bafta award in the best series documentary category. The award ceremony takes place on 20th May. Congratulations and best wishes to everyone concerned.

 

9th March 2007

Plague of dentistry, angst and bank charges

It hasn’t been all bad though! Great time was had signing books down in Worthing’s Methven Books. Thanks to Jen, Andrew and Carol. Viva Worthing beach! Being married to a VIP has many advantages. One of them is to have lunch with the wonderful Mr and Mrs Searle once a year in France. They don’t make men like Ronald Searle anymore.

Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of The Manic Depressive repeated on BBC2

NEW! For all those who missed it on its first showing the BBC were being clever enough to repeat the fabulous documentary that the uniquely talented Dr. Hughes and I helped to make about Manic Depression; Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressivepresented by the inestimable Stephen Fry himself in March.

On a serious note: I’ve been touched at the response. It’s seriously heartening to have heard some of the wonderful things people have told me about what the documentary and the book have meant to them.

But I am glad that it has all struck such a chord with the Great British Public – proving that we really are growing up a bit and not actually the stiff upper lipped idiots as we are still portrayed overseas.

I salute once again all the people who let cameras and Stephen Fry into their homes and lives, and gave their time and their life stories to help others understand or begin to come to terms with being MD, or other related difficulties such as depression.

New funkier edition of You Don’t Have to Be Famous …

NEW! – There is a lovely new funkier edition of You Don’t Have To Be Famous … with easy to read new cover. Available in all quality bookstores near you from 13th March 2007. Be the first to have two copies. Or wait for the flimsy but still excellent value paperback version in October 07. Thanks going out to Katy Szita, Sarah Rollason, Kate Adams and last but by no means least Louise Moore for all their patience, hard work and chirpiness …

Allegedly, Britain is experiencing an epidemic of mental ill health at the moment, so I’m very happy if our book – written as a ‘Rough Guide’ for those with mental ill health or those who know them – has been of use. It would not have been possible to write it without both the TV documentary, or the director Ross Wilson, co-producer Lindsey Douglas, and of course the people who generously gave their stories and allowed them to be printed. It takes a lot of guts to put your story out there like that, and both Tony and I are really grateful.

A friend of mine with a nasty chronic illness told me that she found much of the advice in the book useful for her condition and that it was one of the few books out there with humorous but honest advice about living with something that will, however much you try to not let it, change your life, and how to manage to live well with it. (She forced me to put this bit in.) So once again, I’m very glad that the book has been so well received.

Manic Depression Fellowship talk on March 24th

NEW! If you’re around Yeovil, Somerset, on Saturday 24th March 10.00am you can hear me give a short(ish) talk to the South West of England meeting of The Manic Depression Fellowship.
Taking Leave is now available at Borders, Waterstones and WH Smiths

NEW! Taking Leave is now available at Borders, Waterstones, some WH Smiths, as well as all leading independent bookstores. I would like to commiserate with Gerard Noel, Taking Leave’s publisher, who whilst running to the Post Office to post some books to eager reviewers, tripped and broke his foot.

ARCHIVE: IN PROGRESS

Work in progress

PASS THE PARCEL UNTIL THE MUSIC STOPS?

December 16th 2008

THE SANTA MONICA SUICIDE CLUB

The book is in the dark and brooding comic workshop and taking good shape. Difficult to estimate when it will be finished but sooner than later is the phrase that comes to mind.

TWO STEPS FORWARD

June 2nd 2008

After much tinkering in the garage, the play was finally ready for a public reading. Top thanks are due to director Michael Eaves for his hard work in bringing the play to fruition, to producer Alison Matthews and Tania Ouzo at Sayle Screen. Most importantly, my thanks to the wonderful actors listed below, who rose so well to the occasion. Despite the sweltering heat, the fifty two members of the audience appeared to really enjoy it. Strong interest has since been shown in terms of developing the play for radio and film. Watch this space for news of first stage production in London and Athens.

It is about the last thirty six hours in the lives of two men sharing a condemned cell near to Kabul.

The play’s inherent twitchiness can possibly be explained by the fact that the first draft was written in Los Angeles during a tense period during which I gave up smoking!

 “Two Steps Forward”
A new play by Jeremy Thomas
Directed by Michael Eaves

Cast 
John Moraitis 
 Matthew Field  
Youssef Kerkour

WHO KILLED JILL DANDO?
WHY DO CATHOLICS EAT FISH ON FRIDAY?

August 3rd 2008

I think I have been busy writing a new novel, launching a stage play and enjoying the after effects of a publication party for paperback version of ‘The A-Z Guide to Good Mental Health/You Don’t Have to Be Famous’. However, when I stare bubble eyed at the web sites of Lynne Truss or Carl Hiaasen for example, I realise I am a nothing but a constipated tortoise in comparison.

TAKING LEAVE AND PATMOS MAY-JULY

July 1st 2008

THE SANTA MONICA SUICIDE CLUB

Since May I have also been writing a new novel on the island- about which I am now prepared to reveal a little. It is intended to be the first in a series of dark tales concerning a half English Santa Monica detective who suffers from anxiety and an addiction to 70’s soul and jazz funk music. He is however, an excellent lateral thinking sleuth who would be able to answer the two questions posed at the beginning of this piece. In the story he is joined by a good looking Gaelic football playing Roman Catholic priest and female Futures trader from London. Hold on to your hats.

IF ONLY YOU CAME OUT IN GREEN SPOTS

April 11th 2008

NEW WORK

Many things such as The World According to Ned, Eating, and the paperback version of Taking Leaveremain either in the repair shop or aircraft hangar.

Watch this space and listen out for live play reading in Soho, London on the 16th June of stage play: ‘Two Steps Forward’ A new novel set in Los Angeles is underway. Have faith.

OSCAR PREDICTIONS

Pleased to have forecast that Tilda Swinton would win the Oscar for best supporting actress in Michael Clayton. Also for predictions for No Country For Old Men. Shame about the cinematography but can’t be right all the time.

SIMPLE AS A PIMPLE

February 1st 2008

TAKING LEAVE, METERS, EATING, NED WORLD OF, TWO STEPS JOYOUS SUICIDE CLUB

All the above literary vehicles are currently off the road and in the workshop for repairs and surgery. More news anon.

ARCHIVE: TAKING LEAVE

PASS THE PARCEL UNTIL THE MUSIC STOPS?

December 16th 2008

Interest from film companies continues to be shown in adapting the book into a screenplay from both the UK and the US. Hold your breath for news of a paperback issue.

 

TAKING LEAVE AND PATMOS MAY-JULY

July 1st 2008

FRANCESCA GOUGH (1956 -2008)

Fanny Gough was a wonderfully good friend who gave up a considerable amount of time to correct and redraft early proofs of the book. She was a trooper who wasn’t afraid of anything and died after a long illness in May. R.I.P.

Three book readings and signings for TAKING LEAVE took place over the last thee months on the island. Each reading and signing were great fun and triggered a thousand memories about writing the book on the island a few years ago. So I would like to thank Elene Likadopolos for providing such a grand setting at her house in Hora. To Wayne, George and Mikhalis at George’s Place for hosting such a great evening and being so generous in catering to such a good crowd and finally but not least to Caterina Sybil at the Art Café for the fab evening of 17th July. And of course to Nickos for his support in the past.

Alpha Beta is holding one or two copies for those still needing a copy.

Anyone interested in obtaining a signed copy of the hardback edition should send their details and e mail toFamousmanic@aol.com

MOVING ON, MOVING BACK AND FORTH.

November 5th 2007

TAKING LEAVE

Surprise news will be announced next month about Taking Leave and the publication of the paperback.

IS PROCRASTINATON THE THIEF OF TIME?

LONDON AUGUST 5TH 2007

TAKING LEAVE

I am reliably informed that contenders for the paperback rights for TL have reached a gentlemanly agreement to cease fighting one another until September when all good publishers return from holiday. I suspect that this will drag on until the Frankfurt Book Fair.

May 13th 2007

BE SURE TO CHEW BEFORE YOU SPEAK

TAKING LEAVE

Taking Leave continues to provoke interest around the world, with favourable reactions from as far afield as China, Thailand, Japan, the US, Canada and Mexico.

Whilst the fierce bidding war for TL’s paperback rights continues, the book can now be found in all major branches of the British public library.

Look out for interesting news of the film rights in the next summer posting.

A recent review in Music Week magazine commented:

‘The book is set in the London music business of the 70s and 80s and contains some thinly-veiled references to some of the biggest business names of the time. If you were around then and want to play guess who, or else are too young and want to know how things used to be done, this book is highly recommended.’

23rd January 07

Book Signings, thank you’s and films

A Book signing and reading of Taking Leave and You Don’t Have To Be Famous To Have Manic Depression will be taking place this Friday 26th January from 7.00pm at Methvins Worthing Booksellers. Wine, women and song will all be in attendance. Contact Andrew or Jen at the store by email;worthing@samedaybooks.co.uk or phone 01903 206696 to reserve a ticket.

For those of you who didn’t get a chance to see the first showing of the BBC Two documentary A Secret Life Of  A Manic Depressive: Stephen Fry is being repeated on 13th and 14th March.

There will be more details next week of a new Michael Joseph/ Penguin paperback edition of You Don’t Have To Be Famous To Have Manic Depression/ The A-Z Guide To Good Mental Health. (But I already thought it was a paperback! barked Ecco.)

Thanks You’s

Thank you to Gary Crowley for his enthusiasm in the recent BBC TV news interview. Like wise to the Simon Mayo show for having me as a guest on the programme on 11th January. It was weird but fun to cross swords with Louise Doughty about Tim Lomax the anti hero of Taking Leave being loveable or not. Thanks also to Darren Borthwick for sending in a really interesting and insightful review of Taking Leave on the Radio Five website. One tiny respectful suggestion would be that it might make better sense when discussing a book of the month  on air is to have a film of the month or an album of the month alongside it rather than another book.

Three films to recommend are:

Babel, Apocalypto and The Queen.
Check out Leslie Phillips in Venus. Excellent.

20th January 07

Booking Signing

A Book signing and reading of Taking Leave and You Don’t Have To Be Famous To Have Manic Depression will be taking place this Friday 26th January from 7.00pm at Methvins Worthing Booksellers. Wine, women and song will all be in attendance.. Contact Andrew or Jen at the store by email;worthing@samedaybooks.co.uk or phone 01903 206696 to reserve a ticket.

For those of you who didn’t get a chance to see the first showing of the BBC Two documentary A Secret Life Of  A Manic Depressive: Stephen Fry is being repeated on 13th and 14th March.

There will be more details next week of a new Michael Joseph/ Penguin paperback edition of You Don’t Have To Be Famous To Have Manic Depression/ The A-Z Guide To Good Mental Health. (But I already thought it was a paperback! barked Ecco.)

Thank you to Gary Crowley for his enthusiasm in the recent BBC TV news interview. Like wise to the Simon Mayo show for having me as a guest on the programme on 11th January. It was weird but fun to cross swords with Louise Doughty about Tim Lomax the anti hero of Taking Leave being loveable or not. Thanks also to Darren Borthwick for sending in a really interesting and insightful review of Taking Leave on the Radio Five website. One tiny respectful suggestion would be that it might make better sense when discussing a book of the month  on air is to have a film of the month or an album of the month alongside it rather than another book.

Three films to recommend are: Babel, Apocalypto and The Queen.
Check out Leslie Phillips in Venus. Excellent.

4th January 07

BBC Radio 5 Book Award

It was announced today 4th January that my novel TAKING LEAVE, published by Timewell Press, has been voted Simon Mayo’s Book of the Month on Radio 5 for January.

I am over the moon to learn that Taking Leave has been awarded Simon Mayo’s Book of the Month on Radio 5. Its wonderful to discover that you don’t have to be famous to win this award nor be an expert on football! Kingsley Amis once said that  the effort in writing a novel could be divided as 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.  It feels as if I have just swum the English channel and been handed a warm towel and a huge steaming mug of tea on reaching the shore. I am really grateful to Simon Mayo and the rest of his crew and listeners for deciding on Taking Leave.

I have been invited to appear live on the show next Thursday 11th Jan on the Simon Mayo show at lunchtime to discuss the book. Nervous?

Also am about to do an interview for BBC TV London News with Gary Crowley regarding the award and my take on the book. This is being broadcast today 5th Jan at lunchtime and at6.20pm . Incase you miss it you can view here

A Link to BBC News and an interview about Taking Leave

Also ‘Taking Leave’ will be reviewed on Matthew Wright‘s Radio 2 show ‘The Weekender’  (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/theweekender/THIS Friday evening between 10pm and midnight.

16th November 06

 

‘Taking Leave’ Published

Taking Leave is my first novel which was published at the end of November 30th. It is just becoming available in the main high street stores but is in good independent shops or you can buy it on Amazon from here.

The book is something I am very proud of. It took me a long time to write and get published and it’s simply great to hear that so many people have enjoyed reading it.

Check out the first chapter or look at the review page or what some people have said on Amazon.

The book is about leaving. It’s also about odd things like the music business, houses and people in London and New York.


Buy it now from Amazon

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