Some exciting news just in about my next book, which is about unbuilt architecture and fantasies about the future of technology, travel and living that never came true. We’ve just got some interesting design drafts in, we’re doing lots of edits, and most excitingly of all the book will be translated into German to be published in Deutschland as well as in English in the UK next year. Watch this space.


My newest book Lido is finally published by Batsford in the UK and you can buy it now from all good brick and mortar bookstores (get down to you local independent!) as well as all the usual online retailers too. It’s also published around the world under the title Pool.

If you can get over to East London I’m more than happy to sign copies and say hi too. Or why not go crazy and join me for 10 lengths down at London Fields Lido!

I hope you enjoy the book – it’s been a labour of love; it’s been made possible by the kind help of dozens of people and by all the great staffers at my publishers – books are a team effort.

There’s been some lovely coverage of the book in The Sunday Times, Daily Mail, Express, Building Design, Architecture Today, ArchDaily, Red Magazine, Nat Geo Traveller, Literary Review and loads of other places too. You can also hear me talk about it on Monocle 24 Radio.

For any publicity queries or interview requests directly relating to Lido please go through my lovely PR Frida Green fgreen@pavilionbooks.com For any speaking invites, queries, writing commissions, projects or other offers please contact me directly via the contact page on my website. Enjoy!

2021 live events

Alas Birmingham’s mac will be closed until 2021 so my event with Catherine O’Flynn showing Birmingham on screen will now be happening at the rescheduled TV festival next year. Likewise the Q&A with Michael Cumming and Stewart Lee for King Rocker will also be put back to 2021. Watch this space.

Birmingham On Screen Talks

I was due to host an evening of TV clips set in Birmingham with my literary heroine Catherine O’Flynn on May 19, but that has been postponed. Fear not thought, we will be doing it as part of mac‘s Festival of TV in the autumn – dates to be revealed soon.

I’ll also be doing a Q&A with Michael Cumming and Stewart Lee about their excellent new music documentary film King Rocker at mac on Oct 17 – ticket details to follow.

Building Dreams – my next book

The current sh*tshow we’re living through has at least given me the opportunity to begin writing a new non fiction book. Building Dreams is a deep dive into various architectural dreams, fantasies and incomplete projects that defined the optimistic era of modernism that swept the world.

The book will by published by Batsford, probably in late 2021. If you have any great stories about unbuilt architecture or crazy schemes – especially ones that haven’t been widely published before – I’d love to hear from you.

As always, feel free to get in touch on my contact page – I read every message and try to respond to them all too. Thanks everyone. Stay strong at this f***er of a time.


Lido – Coming in August

My book Lido is finished and will be published around the world in August. You can pre-order from independent bookshops or Waterstones in the UK.

In the US, Australasia and Europe the book will be titled Pool. You can pre-order it from places like Dymocks in Australia and Amazon in the US.

We will be arranging some launch parties and I’ll be doing a series of talks at places like Stanford’s Bookshop in London – watch this space!