Awaydays was based on what he saw during his youth, travelling to, and at, football grounds up and down the country. Powder, meanwhile reflects some of his experiences of the music business he became involved with while managing Liverpool band The Farm.
His novel Outlaws was adapted as the film The Crew in 2008. Awaydays was adapted to film in 2009. A film version of Powder was scheduled to start shooting in August 2009.