Twenty five years ago I found myself beside a swimming pool in a foul mood. I was bruised and sulking from a brutal encounter with Maggie Thatcher, so I sat down with a writing pad and a bottle of wine and began scribbling some thoughts. Three bottles later I discovered I had an idea for a book. The concept was based around a character with two initials – FU. That book became House of Cards, a tale of recrimination and revenge. Prime Minister John Major later said it 'has done for my job what Dracula has done for babysitting'. It started as no more than a holiday distraction yet it changed my life.
Now, all these years later, Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, David Fincher and a host of other glittering Hollywood stars are changing my life once again with their brilliant television adaptation. It's wicked, funny, stunning and sometimes rather scary. It follows in the footsteps of the BBC's iconic version starring Ian Richardson that aired two decades ago and leaves me feeling as though I've just won two Olympic gold medals.
And now it’s up for NINE Emmy awards. I’ll be there in Hollywood on 22nd September to cheer it on. Can’t wait. One of the most fun times of my life.
And if you'd like to know a little more about me and what I do, click this link and watch a three-minute video clip.
I’ve also just published a new book, A Ghost at the Door. It’s another great Harry Jones adventure – the Mail on Sunday nominated it as their Thriller of the Week and said it was an irresistible page-turner. I hope you’ll agree. Click here to find out more.
I can't promise that my weekly appearances in the House of Lords on Parliament TV will be quite as gripping, but if you're interested there's a link for that, too.
Whatever the result of the Emmys, I feel as if I am already a winner. It’s been a huge year for me with plenty more excitement and new projects to come.