JB began his writing career with pieces for Railway Modeller and The Listener before he went to university;
he has since written for the Times Literary Supplement, The Sunday Times, The Glasgow Herald, International Record Review, BBC Music Magazine, The Spectator;
and was Arts Editor for What's On Scotland from 1985 to 1991
as well as roving arts correspondent for Scotland on Sunday.
He has broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland and Radio Three.
Between 1994 & 1997 he had a solo classical music programme on Riviera Radio,
transmitted via Radio Monte Carlo.
He now writes features for International Piano and Opera Now.
Note that "BPE" refers to Brown Paper Editions, JB's own imprint as a publisher.
He has published his own work while also having started a series of books
devoted to work by others that he adores, firstly En Ligne, drawings by Youdi des Aubreys.
# Breakfasts in Florence: Ruskin revisited
Essays on the Philosophy of Vision
to come, BPE; 2020
# Expulsion from the Garden
a study of morality in Wagner's late work
to come, BPE; 2021
# Bottoms up, Borodino!
published by BPE; 2013 buy!
# Cook au Vin
BPE; 2012 buy!
# La Merveille dans la R้alit้
in French, BPE; 2012 buy!
# I Don't Know Much About Art But I Know David Hockney
Mer Publishing; 2007 buy!
# RoadMovies First Stop
Talbot Rice Art Gallery & the University of Edinburgh; 2002
# Le Destin des L้vriers
an English translation "Our Sighthounds"
from the French of Xavier Przezdziecki; 2001
3 lives, Pavilion Books, London;
Simon & Schuster, New York; 1995/96
[click on the composer to buy!]
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