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About me

I was born in 1961 (Battersea, London) and had a wonderful childhood growing up on a very nice council estate. For the last 15 years, I have worked for the … Continue reading


Do women have an inside track to writing crime stories?

I once watched a young man die. I was on the phone to the emergency services, there was blood soaking through his jacket, the 999 woman was talking about finding … Continue reading

October 7, 2017 · 1 Comment

Book reviews

LeGuin RIP – the Dispossessed I read this book eight times when I was in my 20s. Love the story, the writing is exceptional, the characters are as solid, flawed … Continue reading

July 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

It’s time our fictional detectives got on their bikes

Modern detectives love cars, not bikes. Cars are coffee splashed second homes during long surveillance duties. Cars are adrenaline fuelled vehicles of pursuit. Cars can screech with spinning wheels to … Continue reading

March 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

The prologue to Feel.it

Lex put her mouth over Roxanne’s and pushed in air. It was her third attempt at CPR and she wondered at what point she would have to ring the ambulance. … Continue reading

July 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

The politics of ‘Dead Poor’

Imagine a society where people who are poor, disabled and vulnerable are targets of widespread abuse. Okay, that was easy. Now imagine that the Government has uploaded onto the web … Continue reading

January 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

George, the hero

George is a great name. It was my dad’s name and now it is my son’s. It was also the adopted name of my literary hero George Orwell. I love … Continue reading

August 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

My dad lost bits of himself for 20 years, then in 2008 his body died

My tribute at his funeral My dad was a physical man. I remember how only a few years ago we were walking across a packed out Clapham Common on a … Continue reading

August 18, 2014 · Leave a comment


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