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

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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How to Write a Great Sex Scene (and Whether to Include Yourself in It)

(1) Comments | Posted 14 March 2014 | (00:00)

When it comes to the sex scenes in my love stories, I have been asked a number of questions - but the number one question, by far, is: did they actually happen to me?

Especially all those al fresco sex scenes, of which, now that I think of it, there...

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The Marathon des Sables - The Ten Secrets You Need to Know Before Running the World's Toughest Foot-Race

(0) Comments | Posted 26 February 2014 | (18:01)

In five weeks' time, at the beginning of April, there will take place in the Sahara this absolutely insane mid-life Rite of Passage when over 800 men and women will beast themselves to breaking point.

And the true beauty of the Marathon des Sables is that no first-timer can ever...

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Tony Blair and His Non-Affair with Wendi Deng - Has There Ever Been Such A Laughable Love-Note In Human History?

(0) Comments | Posted 7 February 2014 | (12:35)

In these dim, dark days, there are many things to enjoy about Tony Blair's non-affair with Rupert Murdoch's ex, Wendi Deng.

Wendi and Tony have contributed greatly not just to the national merriment but to the merriment of the world. Thank you! A grateful globe salutes you!

But one thing...

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Bored of Running Marathons? Ten Great Challenges to Change Your Life

(0) Comments | Posted 3 February 2014 | (15:03)

So many endurance runners spend their lives knocking off endless marathons - and though they probably think it's a stretch, it's nothing of the sort.

I guess it depends what you want out of life. Do you want to continue striving for the same goal over and over again? Or...

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Irksome Habits: The Ten Most Irritating Things Your Partner Can Do

(2) Comments | Posted 24 January 2014 | (00:00)

I wonder sometimes what it would be like living with the Dalai Lama - because, even though he's probably about the most saintly guy on earth, I'll bet he's got some really irritating habits.

You know the sort of thing - hogging the TV remote control; stinking out the lavatory...

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Train for a Marathon in Three Days Flat - The 10 Dos and Don'ts

(7) Comments | Posted 20 January 2014 | (00:00)

A few days ago, I blogged on the Huffington Post UK on how to train for a marathon in three months flat. That is just about doable, but quite a stretch. A friend then got in touch - and asked, rather plaintively, how to train for a marathon in three...

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