My latest novel, At the Edge of the Orchardis about a pioneer family on
the American frontier, as seen through its relationship to trees. 
Out in paperback at the end of January 2017 in the USA and UK, it has also been published in several other countries.

My next book will be New Boya re-working of Othello set in an American school in the 1970s with a cast of 11 year olds. 
 Out in May 2017.

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Remarkable CreaturesIn 1810, a sister and brother uncover the fossilized skull of an unknown animal in the cliffs on the south coast of England. With its long snout and prominent teeth, it might be a crocodile – except that it has a huge, bulbous eye.

Remarkable Creatures is the story of Mary Anning, who has a talent for finding fossils, and whose discovery of ancient marine reptiles such as that ichthyosaur shakes the scientific community and leads to new ways of thinking about the creation of the world.

Working in an arena dominated by middle-class men, however, Mary finds herself out of step with her working-class background. In danger of being an outcast in her community, she takes solace in an unlikely friendship with Elizabeth Philpot, a prickly London spinster with her own passion for fossils.

The strong bond between Mary and Elizabeth sees them through struggles with poverty, rivalry and ostracism, as well as the physical dangers of their chosen obsession. It reminds us that friendship can outlast storms and landslides, anger and and jealousy.

Find out more about the historical background, what inspired me to write it, reviews, reading group guides and more...

Tree Talk

Trees in my Orchard

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Rereading Laura Ingalls Wilder

An adult response to books I loved as a child
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Red State, Blue State

On book tour in a divided America
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