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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MY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS OFFER is a great gift package.

Order now by clicking on the Paymate icon above and you'll soon receive a signed copy, PLUS a bookmark, PLUS a bar of yummy Whittakers Black Doris Plum and Almond chocolate, all wrapped up with red ribbon – the perfect combo for holiday indulgence.

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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Baa-baa – a bowl of ovine blandness

  Many of us are diving into recipe books and blogs right now to find delish things to make for guests or tote along to other people's Christmas parties. How lucky we are that 21st-century food offers so many rich and savory delights. It wasn't like that for our ancestors – for instance, … Read More...

On your marks, get set, skate!

Some of best times I had in researching Scarlet & Magenta was finding out what people did for fun and exercise in the 1880s – for instance, "rinking". When I first spotted the word I had no idea what it meant. Didn't take long to discover that in my hometown, Auckland,  people flocked to the … Read More...

Watch your back

In the supermarket about 10 days ago I probably leaned over a few times like this. But the view would not have been so pretty. It was only when I was at the checkout that another woman sidled up behind me and whispered, "Excuse me, but your skirt! Do you know it's rucked up at the back?" Kindly … Read More...