Bill Coles
I was The Sun’s New York Correspondent during the Bill Clinton scandal with Monica Lewinsky, and I’ve also spent some years covering the Royals.

Since those heady days in the 1990s, I’ve written for most of the British tabloids, the Scotsman and occasionally even for The Wall Street Journal.

I’ve also written six novels, ranging far and wide from historical fiction to satire. One of these books was about Britain’s most wanted fugitive, the seventh Earl of Lucan; it may yet be turned into a film.

I’m currently embroiled in an epic series of love stories, with two already out - “The Well-Tempered Clavier” and “The Woman Who Made Men Cry” - and another three due to be published in 2013.

For more on the books, as well as my esoteric views on love and the Marathon des Sables, check out my website -

There's also a little 30-second video. I can't promise much, but what I can tell you is that you will never have seen an author video like it...

Entries by Bill Coles

When Terrorists Attack - The Golden Rule to Save Your Life

(2) Comments | Posted 19 November 2015 | (15:33)

When you're confronted by a gunman, it's usually best to do what you're told.
Not any more though.
Not any more - by a long stretch.
The terrorism attacks in Paris have confirmed everything that Western security experts have long suspected.
And that can basically be...

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Lord Lucan's Alive! (For the Moment)

(0) Comments | Posted 11 November 2015 | (00:00)

It is with regret that we admit that last week's reports on the official demise of Britain's most notorious fugitive, Lord Lucan, may have been, ahhhh... Slightly exaggerated.

I know, I know - as one of the leading Lord Lucan pundits, it's been egg on my face, utter humiliation, and...

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Lord Lucan: Officially Dead Unofficially - Alive and Kicking?

(3) Comments | Posted 5 November 2015 | (23:57)

As of today, Britain's most notorious fugitive, Lucky Lord Lucan, has been officially confirmed as "dead".

At long last, a full four decades after the Lord Lucan scandal first erupted onto the front pages, Lord Lucan's son can officially become the Eighth Earl of Lucan, and, much more importantly, his...

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Swim the Hellespont - And Change Your Life

(0) Comments | Posted 21 September 2015 | (12:07)

It's not a very long swim; it's not too dangerous either. In fact if you're looking for bragging rights, then the two-and-a-half mile Hellespont is probably not for you. But what the Hellespont has is history. It drips with history. It is - without any question - the world's most...

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"Your Flies Are Undone!" - Social Howlers and How to Deal With Them

(0) Comments | Posted 11 August 2015 | (16:01)

You know how it is - you've spotted a friend with his flies undone, so you sidle over, give him a nudge and say: "Mate - you're flying low". Same if they've got a large drop of gunk on the end of their nose: "Mate - wipe the snot off...

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The Toxic Miliband Factor That Will Swing The Entire Election... My Predictions For 2015

(71) Comments | Posted 1 May 2015 | (12:25)

Forget all the polls, forget all the promises, there is one killer factor that is going to skew the result of the entire General Election: the utter, utter toxicity of the Labour leader Ed Miliband.

Even diehard Labour supporters can't stand the man. They don't really know why Miliband gives...

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How To Look Like A Complete PRAT - Buy Yourself A Personalised Number Plate

(2) Comments | Posted 25 February 2015 | (11:48)

I sometimes wonder if there is anything more ridiculous, more ludicrous than a personalised number plate - that rinky-dinky clutch of letters that spells out what you are to the world: "I am a prat with more money than sense."
New figures this week reveal that Scotland - where...

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'Accidence Will Happen' - A Brilliant New Grammar Book for Anyone Who Loves English

(0) Comments | Posted 13 February 2015 | (14:49)

There are many difficult people to argue with - but the most difficult by far are the grammar sticklers, the people who correct you over split infinitives, or your use of the word "irregardless".
It's just impossible to argue with these people. You can't tell them that sometimes infinitives...

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The Fugitive Lord Lucan Turns 80 This Week - But Is He Still Around to Celebrate?

(2) Comments | Posted 18 December 2014 | (00:00)

Britain's most infamous fugitive, Lord Lucan, turns 80 this week - and the big question is whether the missing Earl is still around to celebrate his birthday.

Is the Seventh Earl of Lucan even now lolling in some small shack in Africa, tippling on a gin and tonic as he...

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The Santa Claus List: Santa's 10 Very Best Tips For Christmas

(1) Comments | Posted 2 December 2014 | (00:00)

Hi there - Santa here.

Just decided to make a list of my very best Christmas Tips. So many people out there trying to be Santa Claus on Chistmas Eve, so many of them messing up. They just don't know their ass from their reindeer!

Without further ado: The...

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The Lord Lucan Scandal - 40 Years on 10 Things You Never Knew About the Most Enduring Mystery of the 20th Century

(6) Comments | Posted 7 November 2014 | (00:00)

It is the greatest and most enduring mystery of the 20th Century - just what on earth happened to Lucky Lord Lucan?

Forty years ago this week, the Seventh Earl of Lucan mistakenly murdered his wife's nanny; he has never been seen or heard of since.

In the...

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Scotland the Best 100 - It's Only the Best!

(1) Comments | Posted 15 October 2014 | (21:24)

NOT easy being a travel writer, for ever stuck with trying to breathe life into these fantastical places, and only words, words, words with which to describe them. To do a decent job, you really need pictures.

With pictures, you have a chance, a slim chance, of conveying some...

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Swim the Hellespont - The Ten Things You Need to Know

(0) Comments | Posted 8 September 2014 | (16:26)

I have just had my second crack at attempting to swim the Hellespont; it did not go well. Sometimes, even though I'm only two years in, it feels as if this historic swim is developing its own powerful juju that will contrive to thwart me at every turn.

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And Big Men Cry - The Amazing Events That Made The Sports Stars Cry

(0) Comments | Posted 25 July 2014 | (13:24)

For veteran Olympian Sir Matthew Pinsent, it was the sporting moment he'll never forget - rather than just winning another medal, he'd done something much rarer: he'd burst into tears.

Pinsent and Sir Steve Redgrave had been anxiously watching the rowing at the London Olympics. The pair were especially nervous...

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How to Tackle the Litter-Louts - And WIN!

(0) Comments | Posted 15 July 2014 | (00:45)

If you don't know what you're doing, then tackling a litter-lout is a most depressing business. At the very least, you're going to be abused. You'll probably be sworn at and you may even be showered in spittle, as happened to the TV presenter Nicky Campbell.
But here's what...

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The Clint Eastwood Tip That Will Turn Your Book Into A Bestseller

(0) Comments | Posted 23 June 2014 | (01:00)

Watching a Clint Eastwood film just recently - and after all the shooting and all the explosions, Dirty Harry comes out with a line that perfectly sums up how to do well in your career; and in your life; and, even, in selling your book.

A man's got to know...

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The World's Most Extraordinary Craze: Hummingbirds, Wanted Dead Or Alive

(0) Comments | Posted 17 June 2014 | (18:28)

I have just come across one of the saddest, most extraordinary obsessions ever to sweep Britain: for a few decades, Victorian Brits went completely mad for all things hummingbird.
I'd vaguely heard about the hummingbird craze, but until a week ago, I knew very little about it.

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Yoga - The 10 Most Embarrassing Moments

(0) Comments | Posted 8 May 2014 | (18:00)

This morning, midway through my yoga class, I started to feel a little queasy. Five minutes later, face clammy with sweat, I came within an ace of throwing up.

Which, seeing as there were about 20 women in the class and only two men, would all have been highly...

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The Power of Thank You - Whether You Want a Job, or Whether You Want a Lover

(0) Comments | Posted 31 March 2014 | (17:54)

OVER the past two years, I have sent out more than 300 of my books to people I've met. Takes a bit of time to write the letters and wrap up the books and then take them off to the post office. Costs a bit of money too, not just...

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Why Stop At Banning The Word 'Bossy' - How About Outlawing 'Princess' and 'Diva' and 'Drama Queen'?

(0) Comments | Posted 14 March 2014 | (14:31)

Good luck to Beyonce and Victoria Beckham with their campaign to ban the word "bossy" because it is so inherently offensive to women - but perhaps they're not going nearly far enough. There are a ton of other words out there that are highly demeaning to women. Ban 'em!


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