Matt Gemmell

TOLL is available now!

An action-thriller novel — book 2 in the KESTREL series.

★★★★★ — Amazon

Autographed ebooks

tech, ipad-only & books 2 min read

This article is part of a series on going iPad-only.


The second book in my KESTREL action-thriller series, TOLL, will be released on 5th December. I think it’s a worthy sequel to CHANGER, and I very much hope you’ll read and enjoy it.

I’ve always offered autographed paperback copies of CHANGER, and you can now also pre-order autographed paperbacks of TOLL too, but lots of people prefer the convenience of ebooks these days — and we certainly love our Kindles here.

Since I self-publish my novels, and I work full-time on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil, I’m excited to announce that I can now offer the best of both worlds for those who want a personalised keepsake in digital format: autographed ebooks!

The Big iPad

tech & ipad-only 10 min read

This article is part of a series on going iPad-only.


Last week, I upgraded to the new Face ID-equipped iPad Pro, choosing the larger 12.9” screen this time around. Here are a few thoughts on the device.

This isn’t a review, and it’s entirely about me. If you discover that we’re similar, then this’ll be useful to you. Otherwise, it’ll be more of a curiosity. That’s fine. Any review is ultimately like that; I’m just not going to pretend otherwise.

iPad Pro 10.5" for sale

development, tech & ipad-only 2 min read

I’ve upgraded to a 12.9” iPad Pro, so I’m selling my 10.5” model (256 GB, wifi, gold). It’s only seven months old, and in absolutely mint condition. It includes an Apple Pencil (also mint condition), and a Magic Keyboard in perfect working order. All three items are boxed, and include everything they originally came with. The iPad has a UK-style plug, and the Magic Keyboard is the UK ISO layout.

Additionally, I’m including a Studio Neat Canopy stand, three different cases/covers, an Apple Pencil stand, and a case for the Pencil (both accessories can charge the Pencil).

All the details are below.

Points of View in Ulysses

writing 1 min read

Version 13 of Ulysses was released today, and alongside other enhancements, it includes a feature I’ve wanted since I switched to the app for all my writing: coloured keywords.

Ulysses lets you assign keywords to each “sheet” (document, whether it’s a scene, chapter, or anything else), and you can also choose to display those keywords in the sheet list panel. Now that each keyword can have a colour assigned to it, there are lots of useful things you can do to get an overview of various aspects of your story. My favourite is tracking points of view: the character whose perspective a scene is written from.

Europe Day 2018

writing & kestrel 1 min read

It’s Europe Day, in commemoration of the 1950 Schuman declaration, so I’d like to extend my best wishes to all of our sisters and brothers in the European Union.

The EU is very dear to me, and is the natural setting for my KESTREL series of thriller novels, including CHANGER and the upcoming next book, TOLL.

I believe that the EU represents the best spirit of cooperation, collaboration, and mutual protection within a democratic framework. I very much identify as a European citizen, and that’s why I chose to create the KESTREL series of adventures, featuring an elite EU special forces team, tasked with dangerous missions that are a little out of the ordinary.

A Big Phone

tech & ipad-only 7 min read

This article is part of a series on going iPad-only.


Like most people, my main computer is a phone.

That’s a big realisation. The device that’s always at hand, and is the first port of call for communication and entertainment and convenience, is your main computer. With the apps available now, there’s no meaningful distinction in utility between a phone and any other kind of device. Some tasks are easier and some are harder due to the form factor, but most tasks are possible — and having it permanently within reach is the mother of all advantages.

I could pair a keyboard with my phone, and put it in a stand, and do my work on it; the apps are certainly there to allow it. It’d feel a bit awkward for some things, but I’ve drafted an article, and edited a chapter, and replied to email, and done grocery shopping, and updated the SSL certificates on a web server, and filed my taxes, and lots of other things all from my phone.

Was it the most comfortable or efficient experience? No. But was it more efficient than having to go and find a traditional computer first? Absolutely — otherwise, that’s what I’d have done. So let’s talk about computers.