Newer things here:

Here are a few old articles which have remained popular at this site:

And there are some more rambly old blog posts from 2004 to 2012, if you must.


Aside from editing many books of all kinds, I have written or contributed to the following:

  • I co-created three volumes of Trivia Quiz Games books (2020)
  • I wrote/compiled Thomas Cromwell: A Historical Sourcebook (2020)
  • I co-authored the quiz book How Many Hippos? (2019)
  • I wrote How to Research Historic Occupations (2019)
  • I edited and published The History & Heritage Handbook (2015)
  • Previous authorship includes The A-Z of Genealogy Websites and 101 Family History Tips (both Future Publishing, 2006) and The Monster Guide to Jobhunting (Pearson Education, 2001)
  • I made sizeable contributions to Human: the Definitive Guide to Our Species (Dorling Kindersley, 2004) and 1001 Inventions that Changed the World (Cassell, 2009)