I have research interests in French advertising, in the theory and practice of comedy, in second language acquisition, in oral history and in the 20th Century French novel and cinema. In 2010 I co-edited a collection of essays on European laughter: Le rire européen. In 2016 I published an oral history study of my native village, Kirkpatrick Fleming, Dumfriesshire. In recent years my main research interest has been in the works of Claude Simon. My edition of his collected works appeared in two volumes: Oeuvres, in collaboration with Jean. H. Duffy, in 2006 and Oeuvres II, assisted by David Zemmour and Bérénice Bonhomme, in 2013. Various of my articles on Simon have been translated into Italian, Georgian, Czech and Chinese.