Lifestyle books

All these books have been co-written with Simon Rose. Simon is a film reviewer, broadcaster and novelist, and was for many years the author of the financial page in Punch magazine.  You can read more about him here.

Dad Stuff

Dad Stuff was our first collaboration, and it proved to be a big hit – after being featured three times on Richard & Judy, it hit the top-selling spot on Amazon – above Stephen King’s latest novel!

While mums get to chat at coffee mornings and at the school gates, dads have none of this support network. And so when we have to look after our kids, it means relying on our wits, or remembering ancient games from our own childhood. Dad Stuff is packed with games, pastimes, sports, puzzles, and many more activities to ensure that time spent with your kids really is quality time for both of you.

Simon & Schuster, 2005. ISBN 978-0743275743


More Dad Stuff

More Dad Stuff was, unsurprisingly, the sequel to Dad Stuff. It includes another shedload of car games, recipes, songs, puzzles, activities and pastimes to ensure that your kids continue to enjoy your undivided attention even after you’ve both exhausted the joys of Dad Stuff.

Simon & Schuster, 2007. ISBN 978-0743295406


Stuff the Turkey

You don’t have to be Scrooge to find Christmas and New Year an ordeal. So much to think of, so much to prepare, so much to eat. Stuff the Turkey is the tongue-in-cheek yet informative guide to the festive season, with enough games to entertain the children through the 12 days of Christmas. About the only thing it won’t do is stick its hand up the turkey’s rear for you.

Simon & Schuster, 2006. ISBN 978-0743295147


Complete and Utter Zebu

We’re subjected to a daily barrage of deception so pervasive that we barely notice it any more. Although the big lies still make the headlines, it’s the small, everyday half-truths that really drive many of us to distraction.

‘Ice cream’ with no cream, ‘chocolate flavour’ with no chocolate, ‘customer service’ with no service. You have won a prize… Your call is important to us… Lies, lies and more damned lies. Stop it! Stop it! Stop it!

Old Street Publishing, 2009. ISBN 978-1906964337


Fun and Games for the 21st Century Family

Forget the serious parenting: this book shows you and your family can have more fun together – the 21st-century way. From Google racing to geocaching, from code breaking to filmmaking to robot baiting, it’s bursting with over 200 new, exciting and creative ideas, for rainy days and sunny afternoons, for children’s parties and car journeys, for the few minutes before bed or the whole weekend, and for all ages from 3 to 103.

Old Street Publishing, 2010. ISBN 978-1906964436