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Curtain Call...the Inside Story....

Saturday, December 29, 2018 - 14:58
  Curtain Call…the inside story… Chick lit was never going to be my thing until I happened across Enora Andressen. It was summer last year, half past three in the morning.  We were living in a remote French hamlet south of the Loire and I awoke with a single sentence fully formed.  The neuro-surgeon has a fondness for metaphor.  There it was,  Nothing less, nothing more.  Present tense.  Slightly mysterious.  A single beckoning finger. Neuro-surgeon?  Metaphor?  These tiny gifts from the deep subconscious happen...

Estocada Launch

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 17:49
We're celebrating the hardback publication of "Estocada" at an event at Exmouth Library on the evening of Wednesday 4th July, starting at 7.00 pm.  Wines and nibbles on offer, plus a chance to toast the weather and buy a discounted copy of the sequel to "Aurore".  All welcome.


Friday, June 8, 2018 - 14:47
"Estocada" is the third in the "Wars Within" trilogy, and the hardback is to be published on 22nd June.  News travels slowly in the West Country, and so we're having a semi-formal launch on the evening of Wednesday 4th July at Exmouth Library in Exeter Road, starting at 7.00 pm.  Wine and nibbles for those lucky enough to make it.  No tickets.  No charge.  No dress code.  So do come along and raise a glass to "Finisterre", "Aurore", and now "Estocada".  

Upcoming Appearances

Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 10:12
Just to let you all know that yours truly will be at appearing on the BBC Radio Devon contribution to World Book Day on Thursday 1st March, followed by evening library talks at Hythe (near Southampton) on Tuesday 20th March (19.30), Lymington on Wednesday 21st March (19.00), and Fareham on Thursday 22nd March (19.30).See you there?

Me and the Virus: a confession

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 15:30
  Me and the Virus:  a confession Here’s the thing.  You want to write.  You need to write.  You’re thirteen years old.  Just.  Nothing much has happened to you yet in the way of plot, or character(s), or any of those presents from real life that age may one day leave on your doorstep.  But you persevere because, in some hard-to-fathom way, you have to.  It’s a virus thing.  It’s in your bloodstream.  It’s deep in your bones.  It nests everywhere.  It won’t leave you alone. Your...

Short-listed for the Wilbur Smith? Mon Dieu!

Monday, May 15, 2017 - 15:10
Surprised (and delighted) to find my name and favorite cover on the short list for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize.  This turns out to be a new presence on the prize scene but there are some big names in the mix and the lucky winner gets to trouser a large cheque.  Back awhile, I shared the Theakstons Crime Prize shortlist with Stef Penny, who won with an outstanding read:  "The Tenderness of Wolves".  She's there again.  So who's stalking who (whom?). Adjudication in September.  Yours truly very happy that my return to the world...

Prequel to "Finisterre"

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 17:21
Insert for “Finisterre”I’ve always been fascinated by the Second World War.  My father flew in Beaufighters and fought in North Africa.  My mum was working in London during the Blitz.  Their experiences, plus the tidal wave of books that flooded out of that bottomless conflict, offered me a rich store of experiences, mercifully second-hand.As a published writer, I was lured into crime fiction and wrote sixteen books powered by the same cast of characters.  It taught me a great deal, but always, at the very back of my mind, I was aware that I’d...

Following Winds for Finisterre

Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 12:44
Very glad to report a warm welcome for "Finisterre". Reaction from last week's library events (four in all, three of them sell-outs) was extremely positive.  As was the news that "Finisterre" has been chosen by both the Sunday Times Crime Club, and the Daily Telegraph book club as seasonal titles.  Better still, the Times published a review yesterday hailing "Finisterre" as "a cracking thriller...utterly intriguing."  Top stuff!!

Thank you, thank you

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 17:49
Big thank you to all my readers (and hopefully soon-to-be-readers) who braved the Arctic weather to flock to the library events in Petersfield, Gosport, and Hayling Island last week  Three straight sell-outs, and much good will.   Thanks, too, to Lian and Sarah, keepers of the flame.  Top job....


Friday, November 25, 2016 - 11:54
Glad to report that "Finisterre" is a star pick in the latest Sunday Times Crime Club.  Excellent pre-publication kick-off. In the meantime, yours truly is doing the biz at the Telling Tales event at New Milton (Hants) tomorrow afternoon, followed by library events at Petersfield (Tuesday 29th November, 7.00pm), Gosport Discovery Centre (Wednesday 30th November, 7.00pm) and Hayling Island (Thursday 1st December, 7.00pm).   There's a signing at Waterstones, Petersfield on Friday 2nd December (11.00am), with more signings to be confirmed in S. Hants.  ...