writer & coach

How do we find a little balance and contentment in this over-stressed modern world? That was my quest in Urban Worrier: Adventures in the Lost Art of Letting Go, where I tried cliff-jumping, clowning, meditation and even naturism, before finding the answers I was seeking.

Now as a life coach and trainer I’m privileged to accompany my clients on their own inner journeys of discovery – with a particular passion for mid-life transition, parenthood, creative process and male rite of passage. Go to my coaching pages for more information, testimonials, or to arrange a free consultation call.

As a passionate dad, I was particularly proud to spearhead 2016’s award-winning Year of the Dad campaign with the Scottish Government and Fathers Network Scotland. You can check out my latest collaboration at the Celebrating Boys website.

Or feel free to browse through my booksarticles or blog, listen to my TEDx talk on meaningful risk, or book me for a speaking event in your school or organisation.

Adrift in Caledonia

Adrift in Caledonia
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ONE clear morning in May, Nick Thorpe left his Edinburgh flat, ducked off the commuter route and hitched a ride aboard a little white canal boat, heading west towards the sea…

It was the first mutinous step in a delightful boat-hopping odyssey that would take him 2,500 miles through Scotland’s canals, lochs and coastal waters, from the industrial Clyde to the scattered islands of Viking Shetland.

Eight Men and a Duck

Eight Men and a Duck
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ON A fateful South American bus trip, journalist Nick Thorpe overheard an improbable plan: to sail 2,500 miles to Easter Island on a boat made of reeds. Intrigued by this modern-day Kon-Tiki, he blagged his way on board only to find himself with nagging questions.

Eight Men and a Duck charts this most eccentric of Pacific voyages as it lurched between high drama and high farce…


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