My new novel is here for you

My new novel Scarlet & Magenta is in good bookstores, but you can order your own autographed copy right here and now.

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Order now by clicking on the Paymate icon above and you’ll soon receive a signed copy plus a bookmark.

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.

on my mind

Are we hot to trot?

I always love discovering language/word origins. You know the phrase 'hot to trot'? I've often used it to ask people 'okay, are we hot to trot?' as in 'ready to go'. In the far north of England not long ago, in a place where some of my ancestors once lived, I learnt about the 300 years of border … Read More...

Iceland Writers Retreat

When I told people I was going to the Iceland Writers Retreat they mostly looked a) blank or b) puzzled. Why not go somewhere closer? Why Iceland? Why go all that way? Sure, it was a journey, but it was my big treat after getting through cancer last year. My thinking was that I deserved it. … Read More...

The art of playing with weird words

I've just finished this book by Beatriz Williams, a New Yorker who is very good at writing New York tales. But The Wicked City tripped me up a little as it contains some pretty strange language, as in the word 'liketa'. It comes up sometimes in sentences like, 'That's liketa make my head hurt". … Read More...