His first novel, Vacation, was published in 1972. His Michel Foucault: The Will to Truth (1980) was the first book to be published on Foucault’s work. His widely acclaimed biography André Gide: A Life in the Present appeared in 2000, his Time and Place in 2003. A Romanian Romance, written in the course of 2006, awaits publication. He is now working on Other Times, Other Places, the sequel to Time and Place.
He has worked as a Creative Writing tutor for the Arvon Foundation and spent two years as Arts Council Creative Writing Fellow at the then Wolverhampton Polytechnic. He has been vice-chairman of the Translators’ Association.
He has written reviews for the London Magazine, the London Review of Books and the Times Literary Supplement.
In 2004, he was awarded the Prix du rayonnement de la langue française by the Académie Française, for services to the French language and its literature.
He lives in London.