I love a good graveyard. By that I mean an old one, with stories of the people buried there chiselled into headstones. We don’t do that in modern graveyards. It’s just names and dates now, with maybe an RIP or a brief ‘dearly beloved’ line. Hints as to how and why death occurred are utterly … Read More...
My new novel is here for youYOU CAN GET A SIGNED COPY HERE
My new novel Scarlet & Magenta is in good bookstores, but you can order your own autographed copy right here and now.
It's yours for $35 (with free delivery within New Zealand).
I’m happy to turn up at any community get-together to talk about how Scarlet & Magenta was sparked off by a true story, and to give you an insight into our ancestors’ real lives.
To get a taste of Victorian scandal, gossip and tragedy – and a bunch of household hints! – you can pop into the book's own website.
For speaking enquiries, just email me.
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Peaches can't talk, but they still have their messages Picked straight from the tree at summer’s end with the hum of insects heavy in the air, your peach should be sun-warmed and weighty. When you heft it in the palm of your hand it is like cupping a breast or a buttock. Its very shape is … Read More...
I went to an art show today and it got me thinking about other art I've seen lately. This is one of my faves. It's a still life from 1708, painted by a Scotsman called Thomas Warrender. I spotted it in Edinburgh's National Gallery. What I love about it is that it's just a collection of everyday … Read More...