Hi, and welcome to my site. I'm a dad, a husband, and a believer in things magical, which is why I love writing, both for children and for adults.
Recent books for middle grade children include Tinker Tailor Schoolboy Spy, Flying with the Spitfires, and Billy and the Match Girl, which was long listed for the Canadian Society of Children's Authors Illustrators & Performers (CANSCAIP) 2020 Writing for Children Competition.
I'm an advocate for elephants. Echo and the Magical Whispers is the first book in The Whispers Series, a magical realism about elephants and sponsored by Elephants for Africa, an elephant charity based in Botswana with book profits going to help elephants. Echo won a silver medal at the 2015 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards.
Books for adults include Flowers for the Bees, set against the bloody backdrop of Indian independence from Britain in 1947, which was long listed for the 2016 Exeter Novel Prize.
My books are published under my personal imprint, Magic Ink Press and available on Amazon. If you'd like to leave a review on Amazon or make a comment, via my contact page, that would be great!
Hot off the Press!
Flying with the Spitfires
Caleb knows that the decaying German bunker at Rocquaine Bay on his island of Guernsey is haunted. Samuel Vogel, his arch enemy at school, has told him. But when his Grandpa Bertie hands him a brass ring that could have saved his Great Grandpa Alfred, a Spitfire pilot, from being shot down during World War 2, and learns of the arrest by the Nazis of his Great Gran Mary, Caleb knows he must fix things. But how?
A coming of age, historical fiction for children aged 9-12
Tinker Tailor Schoolboy Spy
Tinker’s mother works at the local radio factory. Vital to the war effort, she tells him. Apparently, people need radios to listen to Hitler’s armies rampaging across Europe. But that doesn’t explain the mysterious note he finds in his mother’s bag. Nor the appearance of Ola, the girl with the East European accent. And when his sheep dog, Fidget, leads him to strange whirring sounds coming from Hut 8 in Bletchley Park, Tinker knows he must solve the puzzle, with the survival of his world dependent upon it.
An historical fiction for children aged 9-12, based on real events behind the solving of the Enigma code during World War 2.
Billy and the Match Girl
When 12 year old Billy's Grandpa tells him about his Great Gran Milly contracting the dreaded bone disease, 'Phossy Jaw' in a Victorian match factory, he wishes he could somehow change things.
Long listed for the Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP) 2020 Writing for Children Competition.
Echo and the Magical Whispers is the first book in THE WHISPERS SERIES, a magical realism about elephants.
Echo is an ordinary elephant with a magical gift. She hears the voices of dead elephants. Long Horn's tusks must be saved from the poachers or a great flood will destroy the land!
Profits from the book go to Elephants for Africa, a registered charity in England & Wales and a registered NGO in Botswana.