On this page I have assembled a small selection of my non-fiction writing. This comprises:

  1. three talks for BBC radio, one of the many lectures I have given aboard Swan Hellenic cruises, and the 1997 World AIDS Day address at St Martin-in-the-Fields.
  2. general features relating to my life and work.
  3. theatrical features and interviews.
  4. reviews of books which relate either directly or indirectly to my own writing, as well as those for which I have a particular enthusiasm or, in a few cases, a strong aversion.


Naked Came I:  Job in Literature

Literary Adaptation

A Vision of Europe

The Problem of Suffering:  World AIDS Day address 1997

Women Pirates of the West Indies

General Features

Agony of watching my dying mother stripped of dignity

Frills and Thrills:  Why are so many priests gay?

The Decline of the Liberal Church

The Love That Dares Speak Its Name:  James Kirkup’s poem 25 years on

Gay Pride Revisited

Book of a Lifetime:  The Human Predicament by Richard Hughes

Cruising:  A lecturer’s life on the open waves

Swan Song:  The demise of Swan Hellenic


A River Cruise Through Russia

A Visit to the Philippines

Arts and Theatre Features

Hans Christian Anderson:  a bicentennial tribute

John Gielgud:  The Last of the Titans

Joan Littlewood:  Making a Scene

Stephen Sondheim:  Caviar to the General

The Chippendales:  Muscling in on Slease and Tease

DV8:  At the theatre of blood and bruises

The Importance of Being Honest:  a riposte to Donald Sinden

The Riches of Embarrassment:  an Anatomy of Farce

Engaging the Audience

Master Betty

Book Reviews

The Book of Heaven by Carol Zaleski and Philip Zaleski

God by Alexander Waugh

After God by Don Cupitt

Know The Truth by George Carey

The Roman Catholic Church by Edward Norman

Christ the Lord by Anne Rice

At Home With The Marquis de Sade by Francine du Plessix Gray and The Marquis de Sade by Neil Schaeffer

A Defence of Masochism by Anita Phillips

In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust

Proust in Love by William C Carter

Madame Proust by Evelyne Bloch-Dano

C Day-Lewis by Peter Stanford

Rimbaud by Edmund White

Shakespeare Revealed by Rene Weis & Shakespeare the Thinker by A D Nuttall

The Lost Life of Eva Braun by Angela Lambert

A Separate Creation by Chandler Burr

Heterosexual Dictatorship by Patrick Higgins

Magda Goebbels by Anja Klabunde

The Holocaust on Trial by D.D. Guttenplan

The Farewell Symphony by Edmund White

Heaven’s Coast by Mark Doty

Firebird by Mark Doty

John Osborne by John Heilpern

Judi Dench by John Miller

Quarantine by Jim Crace

Restitution by Maureen Duffy

Music and Silence by Rose Tremain

The Artist’s Widow by Shena Mackay

Mother’s Milk by Edward St Aubyn

Kalooki Nights by Howard Jacobson

Gertrude and Claudius by John Updike

White Guys by Anthony Giardina

The Cleft by Doris Lessing

The Unfortunates by B.S. Johnson

Glamorama by Bret Easton Ellis

The Abomination by Paul Golding

Home by Marilynne Robinson

William Golding by John Carey

Rudolf Nureyev by Julie Kavanagh

Let The Great World Spin by Colum McCann

The Mystery of the Kaddish by Leon H Charney & Saul Mayzlish

Parallel Stories by Peter Nadas