Ian is an author and writer specialising in narrative non-fiction, nature, humour and travel.
He writes for print, audio, digital and screen and is available for copy and commercial clients, ghostwriting and features.

As author, Ian's career has spanned a few genres.
The Lie of the Land - an under-the-field guide to Britain, is published by Macmillan and, in the light of the many things he discovered about the amazing countryside when he was writing it, he set up The British Landscape Club, an organisation that celebrates the exotic delights of the UK's countryside

Three Men in a Float, a tale of an epic, if apparently eccentric, journey across England in a 1958 electric milk float, with a top speed of 15mph (somewhat slower than a bee), was written with Dan Kieran.

A treasury of stories themed around the dark arts of administration and a compact history of bureaucracy all rolled into one little volume, signed copies of the Little Black Book of Red Tape are available from the shop on this site.

The Myway Code (2006) is written and designed in a style that will be familiar to everyone who has seen, and therefore failed to read, The Highway Code; it has its own microsite, complete with its very own "driving theory" test.

Britain: What A State (2005), Ian's first book, is still accompanied by an occasionally updated website, and a downloadable annotated, updated and expanded ebook.


Co-wrote and presented a half-hour radio documentary – Three Men in a Float – for BBC Radio 4, based on the book of the same name. In the past Ian has written material for Radio 4 sketch shows, BBC3 and Zeppotron and Channel 4 and Vera Productions, including Bremner, Bird & Fortune.


Columnist and regular feature writer for BBC Countryfile magazine and also contributes regularly to The Guardian. Erstwhile contributing editor of The Idler and columnist for The Daily Telegraph while also contributing features to the Radio Times, The Author and Countryside Voice.


Ghost author, editor and adviser on two US career-business books aimed at fresh graduates as well as those choosing courses, planning career paths and making big decisions about their futures while still at college. Specially tailored for US and North American market