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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Falling AngelsJanuary 1901, the day after Queen Victoria’s death: Two families visit neighboring graves in a fashionable London cemetery. One is decorated with a sentimental angel, the other an elaborate urn. The Waterhouses revere the late Queen and cling to Victorian traditions; the Colemans look forward to a more modern society. To their mutual distaste, the families are inextricably linked when their daughters become friends behind the tombstones. And worse, befriend the gravedigger’s son.

As the girls grow up and the new century finds its feet, as cars replace horses and electricity outshines gas lighting, Britain emerges from the shadows of oppressive Victorian values to a golden Edwardian summer. It is then that the beautiful, frustrated Mrs Coleman makes a bid for greater personal freedom, with disastrous consequences, and the lives of the Colemans and the Waterhouses are changed forever.

A poignant tale of two families brought reluctantly together, Falling Angels is an intimate story of childhood friendships, sexual awakening and human frailty. Yet its epic sweep takes in the changing of a nation, the fight for women’s suffrage and the questioning of steadfast beliefs.

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

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