What Larks for Impossible Causes

Posted on Oct 25, 2019 in Latest

Impossible Causes was released on October 19 amid a flurry of events, podcast appearances and some cracking reviews. In a jampacked week to celebrate the book’s hardback launch, I sat on a panel at Off The Shelf Festival in Sheffield, alongside Twitter poet Brian Bilston and novelist Stephen May, before joining authors Kirsty Logan and […]

Mother Tongue: US Reviews Are In

Posted on Aug 29, 2019 in Latest

This month saw the US publication of Mother Tongue and reviewers have been generous with their praise. Publisher’s Weekly selected it as a Book of the Week, calling it “a raw, compelling read”, while Russian Life especially bonded with the protagonist, saying, “Mayhew… has crafted a character in Darya that gleams with hope and grit.” […]

Mabel Gets Her Voice

Posted on Apr 9, 2019 in Books, Latest

Arts Council England have awarded me a National Lottery Project Grant to write a book centred on British silent movie actress Mabel Poulton. Mabel was the star of the most popular film of 1928, The Constant Nymph, starring opposite Ivor Novello. But after that huge success, her career dwindled. The introduction of film sound exposed […]

Rex Has Our Number

Posted on Mar 26, 2019 in Latest, TV & Film

Our short film UNKNOWN NUMBER, which I wrote and directed, got its big-screen debut this week, at Berkhamsted’s beautiful art deco rep cinema The Rex. Introduced by cinema director James Hannaway, I took to the stage to congratulate our predominantly local cast and crew and introduce the film, which played before the main feature –  Adam […]

Full STEAM Ahead For Awards Season

Posted on Dec 22, 2018 in Books, Latest

The Electrical Venus is making its mark in the book award shortlists. Like Red Ink, The Big Lie and Mother Tongue before it, the book is nominated for the prestigious 2019 CILIP Carnegie Medal. This award is voted for by authors’ favourite people – the librarians. I’m also thrilled to see The Electrical Venus on […]

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