I published my first textbook, English: Skill by Skill, in 1989. Not many people noticed it. It was a collection of vaguely wacky language activities designed to teach pupils the essential skills of English. That led to a number of projects, and to working with some great collaborators - Michael Marland and Roy Blatchford being the two who made the biggest impact on me.

Since then I've usually written three or four books a year, mostly working on them in snatched moments in holidays, early most mornings, in the margins of days and weekends. A list of the various books I've been involved in is given below. Click on the heading that interests you.



Following my recent interview at the Globe Theatre (June 2016) with novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, I am proud to have been asked to edit Faber's new educaton edition of Never Let Me Go. It will be published in 2017. I am also working on publishing projects with Oxford University Press and Routledge.


  • Teach Now!: this is my core book, published by Routledge. Advice on how to plan lessons, how to dress for interview, where to eat lunch, and much more.
  • The entire Teach Now! series written by a great team of authors, again from Routledge. These are the subject-specific books.
  • Ignite English!: our new KS3 English programme published by OUP
  • Don't Call it Literacy! published by Routledge


  • Don't Call it Literacy! published by Routledge


  • Completely rewritten edition of Comprehension to 14 published by OUP
  • Completely rewritten edition of Writing to 14 published by OUP
  • Literacy activities for tutor time: Read, Write, Speak! published by SSAT and available here

    Other recent publications:

  • English Progress the new KS3 English resource from Pearson
  • a revised and updated edition of Grammar Survival: A Teacher's Toolkit published by Routledge
  • Re-Booting English, a toolkit for English Departments written for the SSAT's Leading Edge programme

    To see the full list of my publications, click on the appropriate heading below:

    Skills & Resources - Literature Texts

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