Welcome to my website. This is where I write about anything that takes my fancy, anything that magnetically draws two jabbing forefingers, their companions quite redundant, towards the keyboard. I never did learn to type properly. Where I offer opinions to the world. Where I review books I particularly like and where I say a little about my own writing. If you’d like to, please linger awhile and browse, and read anything that takes your fancy.
I’ve always been passionate about words; about the mental pictures they paint when chosen carefully and skilfully combined. Working with them began early for me in my working career, as a compositor in the olden days of metal type, then as a graphic designer and copywriter. Then, like the filling in a sandwich, there came an interlude in the middle of my adult life when I did something completely different: old house renovation and then landscape gardening. Now, living in Wales these last twenty-nine years, I’ve renewed my acquaintance with words. I blog them and sometimes fashion them into novels (two of which can be read here) or short stories.
I just love words.
This novel is available serialised chapter by chapter for visitors to read for free. If you’d like to know something about it, please click the link Conversations At Table in the May 2019 archive to it on the right of this page. I hope you enjoy and perhaps are occasionally a little moved by it.
And this can also be read gratis. If you’d like information, please look at the post Angels in the family in the January 2017 archive, where you can begin reading it. To continue, read each subsequent post on from there, leaving out, if you like, the post Unwelcome to Britain? which is a digression into my views about some possible consequences of Brexit.
This is my enlarged anthology of short stories (which was previously published under the title Awakening). It contains three new stand-alone short stories and two purloined from the novels above. For more information and a sample read, of the titular story, please click the link Mixed Emotions on the right. It’s published in both ebook and paperback form on Amazon.
This is my previous properly published (on Amazon) novel The Flautist: a tale of love, music, acceptance and deliverance from despair. To learn about it see my posts in the April 2016 archive (reading in this order): You say Flutist, I’ll say Flautist, Head for heights? and Can you judge a book by just one page?
Here is my new novel, Sister Annie and Me, now published both as a physical and ebook on Amazon. It’s a story of sibling love, loyalty and coming of age. Please have a look at the post Sibling Sympathy for more details.
Details of my previous novels, all of which except Christobel and Conversations at Table, are available on Amazon, can be had by clicking the other cover images on the right hand side and at the bottom of the page.