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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Burning BrightBurning Bright follows the Kellaway family as they leave behind tragedy in rural Dorset and come to late 18th-century London. As they move in next door to the radical painter/poet William Blake, and take up work for a near-by circus impresario, the youngest family member gets to know a girl his age. Embodying opposite characteristics – Maggie Butterfield is a dark-haired, streetwise extrovert, Jem Kellaway a quiet blond introvert – the children form a strong bond while getting to know their unusual neighbor and his wife.

Set against the backdrop of a city nervous of the revolution gone sour across the Channel in France, Burning Bright explores the states of innocence and experience just as Blake takes on similar themes in his best-known poems, Songs of Innocence and of Experience.

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Tree Talk

Trees in my latest novel

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Rereading Laura Ingalls Wilder

An adult response to books I loved as a child
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All About the Brontes

Conversation with Sally Wainwright about Brontes biopic
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