Michael is the author of four history books and three non-fiction books. He was editor of the Bristol Review of Books (2006 – 2013), chair of the judges of the 2009 Bristol Short Story Prize, the initiator of the legendary ShedFest, and an organizer (2011-2018) of Unputdownable – the Bristol Festival of Literature.

His third novel, Down in Demerara, is due to be published by Tangent in October 2018. Fay Weldon said of it ‘Wonderfully funny… it made me laugh aloud a lot.’

His novel Where’s My Money? was chosen by BBC TV in 2016 as one of their ‘Books that made Britain’.