His 1999 novel Flight Patterns told the story of a French parachutist in Liverpool in 1957, while his 2002 second novel After the Man Before concerns urban renewal in 1980s Birmingham. He has had short stories published in journals including the London Magazine and Critical Quarterly.
- Flight Patterns (Gollancz, 1999)
- After the Man Before (Methuen, 2002)
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