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I started working in London restaurants in the 1980s before getting into the music business. Later I studied literature at Oxford and Glasgow universities as and went to become a producer at the BBC. I wrote my first book - a cookery memoir - while owner and chef of a restaurant in London. I embarked on my second book, a novel published in 2020. I am currently researching my next book 'Breaking the Silence' about the impact of physical, psychological and sexual abuse in my childhood.

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Something of my story...

Growing up on an isolated farm in Scotland, connected me deeply to nature. Today I still find peace in the wilderness and head for the forests and mountains whenever I can. This makes me feel part of something greater than myself and though the relationship is unknowable, I find I can draw comfort and meaning from the natural world:

Therefore am I still

A lover of the meadows and the woods

And mountains; and of all that we behold

From this green earth; of all the mighty world

Of eye, and ear,—both what they half create,

And what perceive; well pleased to recognise

In nature and the language of the sense

The anchor of my purest thoughts, the nurse,

The guide, the guardian of my heart, and soul

Of all my moral being.

William Wordsworth, 'Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey, On Revisiting the Banks of the Wye during a Tour. July 13, 1798'

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